While Alon Day wins both races in ELITE 1, the ELITE 2 Lasse Sörensen and Florian Venturi share the victories.
In the ELITE1 the fans got a well-known picture last weekend, as last year Alon Day secured first place both on Saturday and on Sunday. On Saturday, the Israeli prevailed against Marc Goossens and Jacques Villeneuve. The Canadian secured his first podium in his only third start in EuroNASCAR.
"It's such a wonderful feeling to win again," says the CAAl driver. "It was really difficult for the team and me in Valencia. It was not easy here because Marc was there all the time. I saw him and Jacques in the mirror all the time. It was an honor to be on the podium with a Formula 1 champion. We want to build on that and win again tomorrow. "
Once again, Mauro Trione, who was left lying on the roof after a collision with Alex Caffi, was shocked. All involved pilots were okay after the accident and also resumed the race on Sunday.
"I got off to a good start and made some good positions," says Trione. "Alex Caffi was hit hard from behind and sent in a spin. I had no chance to dodge him and then I was pushed from behind. I rolled very slowly on the head, which is why the car was not so badly damaged. "
Loris Hezemans ended the race after a close duel with Nicolo Rocca in fourth and secured the Junior Trophy ahead of Gianmarco Ercoli, who finished seventh. In the Challenger Trophy, Henri Tuomaala beat Ellen Lohr. It was also the first podium of the season for the Dexwet-df1 Racing driver.
Day also dominates the Sunday
Day again prevailed in the second race, but the CAAL driver had to defend himself against Hezemans in the early stages. The Israeli played out his experience and then benefit from an intense duel between the Dutchman and Villeneuve.
"It was a lot harder than yesterday because Loris was there all the time," explains Day. Fortunately, Villeneuve was very fast today. They hindered each other, which is why I tried to get the most advantage possible. Hezemans caught up immediately when he was traveling alone. He probably would have caught up with me. I am happy to be back in to stand the Victory Lane. I wanted to overtake Vilarino in the classification and I did that. "
Hezemans prevailed in a duel against the Formula 1 World Champion from Canada. However, his Ford Mustang was affected when the two drivers touched each other. "I'm happy and disappointed at the same time," says Hezemans, who once again won the Junior Trophy. "The race was a bit too exciting for my taste. In the beginning I made a mistake and ran over the car. This damaged my left side. Since then, I have only tried to survive and to defend my position against Jacques. "
The victory in the Challenger Trophy secured Lohr, which thus entered after their first podium and the first victory in the special classification. In the overall standings, Alon Day leads ahead of Stines Longin and Loris Hezemanns. Ander Vilarino got a black weekend in Italy and finished fifth behind Nicolo Rocca.
Sörensen with debut win
In the second year as a factory team, the team from Austria with high ambitions for the new season started. Shortly before the race in Franciacorta, Lasse Sörensen was hired for the ELITE2. The young Dane paid back the trust placed in him directly with his first victory at the first start. Sörensen also profited from the losses of Florian Venturi and Andre Castro. Nevertheless, the 22-year-old took up his strong performance from qualifying.
"That's just great, thanks to the whole team. It gave me a great car, "says the young Dane. "It says: 'To get into first place you have to finish first'. I was lucky with Florian, who failed. But I overtook Andre before he had the problems with the car. "
For his racing team Dexwet-df1 Racing, it was the first win in the ELITE2 and the highlight of a very overall successful weekend. After the start Sörensen fell back from second to third position, but then had first Venturi and later also Castro park his car. "We do not know yet what happened," says Castro. "When I took the lead from Florian, I was able to manage the lead. I am very sad, that's all I can say. Tomorrow I'll start from second place and try everything again. "
The podium was completed by Myatt Snider and Giorgio Maggi. Thus, the podiums of the race and the rookie scoring were identical. Justin Kunz and Advait Deodhar completed the Top 5. In the Legend Trophy Ian Eric Waden defeated Jerry De Weerdt. Ariana Casoli won the Lady Trophy.
Comeback of Venturi
Sunday was much happier for Venturi than the race the day before. The 18-year-old drove to a safe start-finish victory and ultimately had a 15-second lead over second place.
"That was just great for me and my team," says Venturi. "I wanted to win so much. I am pleased just after the setback yesterday. I'm looking forward to Brands Hatch. I like the British course. There I won my first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race. "
Castro also made it to the finish line on Sunday and finished second to Sörensen. Thus, the American also secured the victory in the rookie classification. The young Dane finishes both races on the podium and convinces with a strong debut.
"It was a great first NWES weekend," says Sörensen. "The victory yesterday was fantastic. I had to be careful with the car in the end, but in the end I am very satisfied with the podium in the second race. I have done some great duels. Giorgio has, I believe, had some problems with the brakes. That's why I passed him. It was a great race. "
Maggi and Vittorio Ghirelli completed the top 5. Snider came in as a Sechter before Justin Kunz to the finish. Bert Longin, Deodhar and Claudio Cappelli completed the top 10. Cappelli also secured the Legend Trophy. Casoli won Saturday's Ladys Trophy.
In the overall standings Maggi continues to lead, the Swiss travels to Brands Hatch with five points ahead of Ghirelli. Pierlugi Veronesi, Kunz and Deodhar complete the top five. The next races of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will take place on 1/2 June in Brands Hatch.
Pictures: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard