Winning as a rookie in the ELITE 1 Division is a demonstration of great talent and 21-year-old Loris Hezemans not only won his first NASCAR race at the Hockenheim Semi Finals, but also contended for the title until the Finals. The Dutchman finished 4th in points with 1 win, 7 top-5s and 8 top-10s and the first place in the Junior Trophy. After an impressive performance in his American debut at New Smyrna Speedway in February, Hezemans is ready to climb another step in his NASCAR career and contend for the NWES title.
“Everything was new to us the past year”, said Hezemans. “If you then still have a chance to win the overall title in the final weekend, it’s safe to say we didn’t do a bad job as a team. For 2019 the focus will be on being consistent, scoring points every race weekend with the ELITE 1 championship title as the goal. That will be particularly important to be able to make the step to racing in America, which is my ultimate goal. That is why we did several races during Speedweeks at New Smyrna last February to get more tracktime and above all learn how they race there. Looking back at that week, I can only be proud with even a third place in the main race. Valencia can’t come soon enough for me.”