Maggi is in good company. At 24 years of age, former AutoGP champion Vittorio Ghirelli sits second in the overall championship and in the Rookie Trophy classification. Driving for Racers Motorsport and PK Carsport, the Italian impressed with solid results and scored his first ever NWES win at Raceway Venray in what was his oval racing debut. Ghirelli never finished outside of the top-10 and grabbed six top-5 finishes in the regular season.
“I am happy with my performances so far,” said Ghirelli, who’s returning to competition after a one-year yatus in 2018. “The field is really competitive and the front runners all have good chances of winning. The car is challenging and overdriving it doesn’t help, but I was able to adapt my driving style. I always work a lot going through data and driving techniques in order to keep improving every time I get out on track. I will work even more on my mental and physical form this summer and for sure I will give it all to grab the ELITE 2 Division title.”
Lasse Soerensen has been one of the most exciting surprises in the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series regular season. The Dane missed the season opener at Valencia and since debuting at Franciacorta he won four times. He will enter the playoffs third in points. The 25-yo Dexwet-df1 Racing driver won the French Formula 4 championship and the Danish Thundersport Championship before choosing NWES as the next step for his career.
“The NWES car suits me really well because it is a very technical car to drive: we have no traction control and no ABS. I really like the fact that it is all about man and machine. I think this championship is a really good way to show your potential as a young driver, and this is why we see so many new fast rookies in the championship. It is really fantastic to be a part of it,” said Soerensen.
The top-3 are chased by another trio of rookies, who still have a chance of winning the championship. Myatt Snider, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Rookie of the Year, is fourth in points while Advait Deodhar from India rounds out the top-5 ahead of Andre Castro from the United States. The best NWES veteran is Justin Kunz in seventh place.