Guillaume Deflandre I hope to participate at the end of the championship

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

The young Belgian driver present in Nascar Whelen Euro Series since 2015 tells us about his debut in the series as well as his uncertain future in the championship.

What was your career in motorsport ?

Like a lot of drivers, I started karting at the age of 5 where I learned the basics of driving. I notably made the world finals in Lyon (France) in X30 junior. During my last races, I was spotted by a recruiter at Spa-Francorchamps who offered me to meet Jérôme Galpin (president of the NWES) to do tests and find out if I was able to integrate his program.

What were your first feelings in the car ?

I first had a strange feeling. In karting we see everything but we are cramped. In NASCAR, it’s much more spacious but the field of vision is narrow. The car is almost 5 meters long, has a V8 of nearly 500 horsepower. In the beginning we have a little feeling of insecurity but after a few laps we adapt. Then it’s just fun.

You have won 3 races in Elite 2 for Memphis Racing the last season, you will be absent in Valencia for the start of the championship. What are the reasons ?

During the previous season, I managed to complete the budget to ride at Memphis Racing with the help of a sponsor but he has retracted for this season. So we do not have the budget for Valencia and for the other rounds. With my manager we are trying to find funding to participate in the last rounds of the championship.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

How can fans and companies help you ?

I opened a fundraiser on Facebook (the link here)whose goal is to reach the sum of 5000 €. It would help me to come back to NWES. Fans can share this page to make it as visible as possible. Companies can also participate in fundraising and get advertising in exchange.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Would you like to see the arrival of a second oval in NWES ?

The ovals attract me a little less but I find them interesting however because they are not easy circuits as some may think. There is a special feeling, you have to be 100% confident with the car. Why not a second oval like Venray where overtaking is easier, the security is better than in Tours where at the end of the weekend there was a lot of damages.

You drove to Bowman Gray in North Carolina, can you tell us about this experience ?

I was 15 years old and it was my first race in NASCAR where I was given a car of about 600 HP. The Americans have another philosophy, the atmosphere was comparable to a stadium. It was not easy but I had a lot of fun.

You often drive on Iracing (racing simulation). How does this help you as a driver ?

On a good simulation, close to reality, it’s a good help. By participating in simulation races, on circuits like Zolder or Hockenheim, we learn trajectories and optimize them. This also helps to better understand the behavior of the car according to the different settings.

Interview of Guillaume Deflandre on April 9, 2019 directed by Guillaume Hesnault