Hendriks Motorsport wins both pole positions in Valencia
The right strategy and two perfect laps put the # 7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang on pole for the first 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series races in both EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain . 2019 NWES Champion Loris Hezemans clocked a phenomenal 1: 41.156 lap around the 4km track to win the first Pole Award of the new season. Barely 30 minutes later, his teammate Martin Doubek took pole position for his race by just 0.021 seconds.
Finding the right timing and achieving an optimal lap was the secret of success for the two riders who observed the track conditions with the sun rapidly heating up the asphalt. The two Hendriks Motorsport veterans only completed five laps in qualifying and saved their tires for a busy race weekend.
Phenomenal Hezemans in EuroNASCAR PRO
“It was a little strategy game, for sure,” Hezemans said. “We saw yesterday during free practice that the track was slowing down as the temperatures rose. Ten minutes before qualifying, I said: “Let’s go out early when the track is cool!” It seems that it worked out very well.
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Hezemans was 0.676 seconds faster than CAAL Racing’s Alon Day, who will start from the front row of Saturday’s EuroNASCAR PRO race. While the Dutchman was unbeatable, Day edged out all other competitors despite only 15 minutes of special practice in the morning. The Israeli missed free practice on Friday due to travel restrictions caused by the difficult situation in his home country.
Another title contender, Day’s teammate Gianmarco Ercoli finished third with a 0.693 second gap to the Pole Award winner. The Italian, who turned 26 on May 5, led the Junior Trophy standings. Nicolo Rocca of DF1 Racing was fourth, 0.711 seconds slower than Hezemans. The NWES veteran is in his second year with the Austrian team.
Italian Vittorio Ghirelli completed the top 5 with a lap of 1: 42.169 driving his # 50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang. The 2020 EuroNASCAR 2 Champion has made good progress in his first laps among the best European NASCAR drivers. Frenchman Thomas Ferrando followed in sixth place ahead of Giorgio Maggi and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, who led the Challenger Trophy standings. The top 10 was closed by Frédéric Gabillon from RDV Competition and Luigi Ferrara from 42 Racing.
Centimeters decide qualifying for EuroNASCAR 2
During EuroNASCAR 2 qualifying, only a few thousand seconds decided to fight for the first Pole Award of the 2021 season. Doubek took pole at the wheel of the No.7 Ford Mustang. The two-time winner of the 2020 race took advantage from last season’s momentum and benefited from the right strategy and a great Hendriks Motorsport car.
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“I have a very good team-mate and we have found a very good setup,” said the Czech after winning the second Pole Award of his career. “I am very happy to take the first pole position in the first qualifying of the year. The track is really difficult and demanding, but we are confident that we can use the momentum for the race to come.
But it was a close call: Motorsport Academy’s Vladimiros Tziorztis / Alex Caffi Motorsport was just 0.021 seconds slower than Doubek and his lap in 1: 42.339. The Cypriot will start from the front row when the green flag flies for the first time in EuroNASCAR 2 on Saturday afternoon. EuroNASCAR 2 2019 finalist Tobias Dauenhauer finished third, 0.565 seconds behind his teammate on pole.
Another promising talent, Francesco Garisto, set the fourth fastest time in qualifying. The 42 Racing driver clocked a lap of 1: 43.813 on the Ricardo Tormo circuit. With his new Double V Racing team, Pier Luigi Veronesi finished the top 5 after the 30-minute session, while Advait Deodhar of CAAL Racing followed in sixth place.
Justin Kunz, returned to EuroNASCAR 2, finished seventh ahead of his Belgian teammate Simon Pilate. The fastest rider in the Legend Trophy was Fabrizio Armetta of Club Motorsport driving the No. 55 Chevrolet Camaro in ninth position.
Rounding out the top 10, Alberto Panebianco was the fastest rider among the Rookie Trophy participants in the 2021 NWES season. Lady Trophy title contender Arianna Casoli finished 18th, while Alina Loibnegger of Solaris Motorsport was involved in a contact with Paolo Valeri of Vict Racing which raised a red flag.
Round 1 of EuroNASCAR PRO will start at 1:45 p.m. CEST, while the first EuroNASCAR 2 race of the season will follow at 4:45 p.m. CEST. All races will be broadcast live on EuroNASCAR’s social networks – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch – and Motorsport.tv.