“It was a nice and clean race,” said Rocca, who will enter the playoffs eight points behind the leader. “I was focused since this morning to get into the rhythm and to score a solid result here at Venray. The restarts were really good and I never lost a position. The contact between Stienes and Jacques helped me a lot. I was told about Stienes’s penalty so I relaxed in the very last laps and came home a good second.”
Jacques Villeneuve led the race until lap 72 but fell back to fourth after the contact with the #11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro. Despite some damage to his #32 Go Fas Racing Camaro, the former Indy 500 winner grabbed his second NWES podium finish after being on the podium at Franciacorta in May.
“The car was really hard to drive in the end, but it was good overall,” said Villeneuve, who led the most laps. “It was very loose and it took always three or four laps to get up to full speed. Stienes was a little bit too aggressive and I had to back out. I ended up in the marbles and the choice was to hit him or the wall. It doesn’t matter, as I had a great battle with Loris. That’s what we love, clean racing and intense duels.”
Three-time champion Ander Vilarino was fourth on his #48 Racing Engineering Ford Mustang and scored important points in the last ELITE 1 race of the regular season. Frederic Gabillon wasn’t able to contend for the win but closed the top-5 driving the #3 RDV Competition Chevrolet Camaro.
Vilarino’s teammate Romain Iannetta was sixth ahead of Ulysse Delsaux. The Frenchman was second in the Junior Trophy classification and was rewarded with four bonus points for gaining the most positions during the 100-lap long race at Raceway Venray.
Reigning champion Alon Day brought home a solid eighth place edging Salvador Tineo and Henri Tuomaala, who topped the Challenger Trophy classification for the sixth time.