After starting from the pole, Maggi had to defend the lead against Lasse Soerensen and mastered a restart with seven laps to go on the way to his second NWES career win. In the process he also stretched his championship lead in the ELITE 2 Division to 14 points on Vittorio Ghirelli.
“After the disaster with Loris [Hezemans] the guys put the new engine in the car in a very short time,” said the race winner. “It was just a miracle but this is why I love those Hendriks Motorsport guys. Nobody asked the question: ‘Can we make it?’ They just did it and we won, I’m so happy. They are very professional and the whole team did an amazing job.”
Soerensen tried his best in the closing laps to catch the leader, but had to settle for second, continuing his impressive streak of five consecutive podium finishes since joining NWES. The Dexwet-df1 Racing driver gained some more points on the top-3 of the most unpredictable division in Euro NASCAR and is now sitting fourth with a 43-point deficit from Maggi.
“It’s always great to be on the podium but first of all I want to win races,” said Soerensen, who is focusing on the ELITE 2 championship race. “When it’s not possible to win, the second place is the next best thing to achieve. We had some problems in qualifying, but we found the pace in the race. I’m super happy for the whole team.”
Andre Castro, who sat eighth in points before the race, moved up to sixth in the ELITE 2 championship by securing his third NWES podium finish in the 2019 season. The American, third under the checkered flag, bested Advait Deodhar, who started fifth and gained one position during the 14-lap race. Justin Kunz closed the top-5 after a strong comeback from twelfth on the grid. The overall podium mirrored the Rookie Trophy classification.
“It was a tough race out there, but we finally got the result on Saturday,” said Castro, who never earned a top-10 finish in the first day of a race weekend in 2019. “It’s all we wanted. The car was strong the whole race, but we have to do some little tweaks to catch up with the frontrunners. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”