Venray – Our top 5 of the weekend

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

The regular season of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ended at Raceway Venray, here is our top 5 of this Dutch weekend…

5 – A major absence

Some absentees were to be noted for the only weekend on oval of the season. Among them, Advait Deodhar, who was so far 3rd in the Elite 2 championship was absent for reasons of budgets. He does not lose hope for the title. Indeed the worst result for each driver is removed at the end of the season.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard
Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

4 – Second pole in NASCAR for Villeneuve

Although Venray’s pole was his first in NWES and also his first on oval, it was his second pole position in NASCAR. In fact, Jacques Villeneuve won pole position in NASCAR Nationwide in 2011 on the Montreal circuit. He was unfortunately less successful during the race when he finished 27th on the Canadian track.

3 – Snider shows that he is there !

The American was undoubtedly the favorite of this weekend in ELITE 2. The experienced driver on oval started well his weekend with the best time during the free practice. Following a qualifying session, he started from 3rd position on the grid. During the first laps, he lost time fighting with several drivers in the pack and Ghirelli escapes. Once detached from the pack, he takes back time to the Italian. 8 laps from the end, he is at the level of his opponent but he can not find the place to pass. Snider made his best result in Venray since coming into the league at the start of the season.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard
Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

2 – Imperial Hezemans

Loris Hezemans managed a master stroke in front of his fans. Although he did not get pole position as he would have liked,he was able to put his experience of this winter at New Smyrna to work and got his third victory in NWES after a race full of battles. He also performs a good operation in the championship since he now ranks second and is now only 7 points from the leader, Stienes Longin.

1 – Ghirelli, the first victory and not least

Vittorio Ghirelli won this weekend his first victory in NWES on one of the most prestigious races. He started from the second place, the Italian has managed to fend off all the attacks of the American Myatt Snider, however, very experienced on oval. He is now only 9 points behind the leader in the championship, Giorgio Maggi. With only 15 points separating the top three in the ELITE 2 division before the playoffs, it is impossible to predict who will win the crown…

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Article from July 15, 2019 by Guillaume Hesnault