Ulysse Delsaux and the horses of Troyes

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Champion of the Elite 2 division last year, Ulysse Delsaux drives this year in Elite 1 with the Chevolet Camaro n ° 36 of RDV Competition. After a difficult weekend in Valencia where he finished 16th in race 1 and he had to retire in race 2, he talks about his career and his goals for this season…

What were your beginnings in motorsport?

My passion for motorsport started at the age of 5 on the knees of the owner of a kart track near Chaumont (France). I took a liking to the speed and the sensations that accompany it. I dreamed of being a racecar driver. At the age of 7 I made my karting debut on the circuit of Witry-lès-Reims (I lived in Gueux near the mythical circuit of Reims-Gueu, circuit that hosted the F1 and the 12 hours of Reims).

Back in my hometown of Troyes, I’m 9, the competition starts for me. I participate in many championships and cups. In 2011 in X30, I won the Alsace Championship and participated in the European Championship. In 2012, I went to KF3 to compete in the GPO Karting (Grand Prix Open), the European Championship and the World Cup.

How was the transition from karting to NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ?

In 2012, I got involved after tests at La Ferté Gaucher. I felt comfortable driving the car and kart racing was starting to get more expensive.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Last year you won the Elite 2 title, did it change anything for you ?

I was really happy, but it took a lot of work and determination to do it. You should never be arrogant during a season. Always work and never relax.

What is your best memory in NWES ?

I have many memories that marked me: my first podium at Tours in 2015, my first victory in Valencia in 2017, both wins at Tours in 2018 and my victory at Hockenheim on a circuit that I love. My strongest memory is at Zolder where I win the title by crossing the finish line.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

What do you think of your weekend in Valencia ?

It was not easy with setup problems in particular. I’m concentrating on the next weekend in Italy to work on the settings.

What do you hope for Franciacorta and the rest of the championship ?

For this season I aim for a top 10 with the hope of doing better. Next season I hope to be able to claim the first places in the championship.

Do you want to add something to conclude the interview ?

I am gratefull to the people who support me and GCS, my sponsor who has been with me since 2018 and I hope one day to realize my biggest dreams.

Interview of Ulysse Delsaux on April 26, 2019 of Guillaume Hesnault