Simon Pilate and Ulysse Delsaux report after injuries in Italy

Simon Pilate and Ulysse Delsaux report after injuries in Italy
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Simon Pilate and Ulysse Delsaux injured in NWES accidents – Both drivers okay under the circumstances

The 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) came to an end at the Autodromo di Vallelunga at the end of October. While the champions – Loris Hezemans and Martin Doubek – were crowned, there were two heavy accidents that have resulted in injuries: Simon Pilate and Ulysse Delsaux. Both drivers are in good spirits despite the hard impacts and look positively to the future in EuroNASCAR.

Delsaux was already involved in a violent accident during a practice session on Thursday. “I suddenly ran out of brakes on the straight and spun. I hit another car in the process, but it all happened so fast that there was nothing I could do.” The second car involved in the crash was the Chevrolet Camaro of Leonardo Colavita. The car was also heavily damaged, but the Italian was uninjured.

“I injured my rib and had to stay in Italy for a few days for observation,” Delsaux continued. “There is no racing without risk, but I thank NWES for the very safe cars. I will come back stronger next year.” With that, the NWES finale was over for the Frenchman before the first race at the Autodromo di Vallelunga.

Simon Pilate breaks his thumb

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Simon Pilate got into an accident with Vladimiros Tziortzis on the first lap in Sunday’s second EuroNASCAR 2 final. The two collided and Pilate crashed hard into the track barrier. In the process, the Belgian of DF1 Racing broke his thumb twice. As a result of the retirement, Pilate dropped to eighth place in the overall standings.

“This is certainly not how I wanted to end the season,” wrote the Belgian on his social media profiles. “I lost the fight for third place in the championship and broke my thumb twice. But it was a season with many podiums and for that I thank my team DF1 Racing and Patrick Lemarie for their trust, work and support.”

There have been major accidents throughout the history of EuroNASCAR, but major injuries have so far been absent thanks to the safety of the cars. Although purist stock cars are used, the series places a great deal of emphasis on safety and the cars have shown on several occasions to be particularly stable.

André Wiegold