NWES: Whelen Euro News & Notes: Zolder Finals

Titles On The Line In The Zolder Finals

It all comes down to the final event of the season! The October 3-4 Circuit Zolder Finals will be decisive in assigning Titles, Trophies and Cups in both the EuroNASCAR divisions with four exciting double-points 16-lap NASCAR races on the historic 4,011 Km Belgian track.

With 192 points still to be awarded, Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet SS) enters the Finals with a 35-point margin on Race And Win Pole Award winner Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) in his quest to become NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion for the third time in four years, but at least three more drivers can nurture serious title ambitions, as Romain Iannetta (#7 TFT Chevrolet SS), Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) and 2014 Champion Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) sit from 52 to 62 points behind Vilarino. Fresh off his maiden NASCAR win, Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) is sixth with a 73-point gap to overcome and leads a tight group formed by Eddie Cheever III (#51 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry), Florian Renauer (#5 Dexwet Renauer Team Ford Mustang) and Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang), who is 79 points behind the leader.

The ELITE 2 Division promises to deliver a weekend for the ages in Belgium thanks to a incredibly tight battle for the title. Three drivers – Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang), Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#51 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang)  –  are separated by a mere 10 points and two more, Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double T by MRT Nocentini Chevrolet Camaro) and Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) are inside a 26 points gap. That’s not all though, because Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) is just 49 behind from the leader and Florian Renauer (#5 Dexwet Renauer Team Ford Mustang) 15 lengths further back. Belgian Eric De Doncker (#98 Insulco Motorsport 98 Ford Mustang) is also inside the 100 points gap at minus 90 from the lead.

The title hunt is totally open also in the Teams Championship, with Lietz’s #67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang leading the #3 RDV Compétition Gabillon-Delsaux duo by 29 points and the #2 TFT Chevrolet Camaro driven by Vilarino and Leonard Vernet, while a total of 8 teams are inside the 100 points gap with 394 points still to be assigned.

Rocca seems to be the favourite in the Junior “Jerome Sarran” Trophy, thanks to his 38 points advantage on Day,  while Lietz is very well placed to bring home the Challenger Trophy, with a 78-lengths advantage over Dominic Tiroch (#99 GDL Racing Ford Mustang).

Eric De Doncker leads the Legend Trophy classification with 27 lengths over Didier Bec (#8 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) and 37 over Leonard Vernet (#2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet SS). The Rookie Cup is a matter between Salvador Tineo Arroyo, Stienes Longin and Florian Renauer, with the Spaniard holding a 19 points margin, while just one point separates the two main contenders for the Lady Cup: Carole Perrin (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and Francesca Linossi (#99 GDL Racing Ford Mustang). Gabriela Arantes Prado (#21 Record News Racing Chevrolet Camaro) sits third among the ladies and leads the Gentleman Trophy by a mere 5 points on Jerry De Weerdt (#78 Brass Racing Ford Mustang).

Ready for the action? Race fans will be able to follow all races via live streaming on Fanschoice.TV (http://bit.ly/nweslive), while live text updates from the track will be available on the NASCAR Home Tracks on the Race Central Live page.

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American Festival Circuit Zolder NASCAR Finals Live Streaming on Fanschoice.tv

All the four races from the American Festival Circuit Zolder NASCAR Finals will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tvhttp://bit.ly/nweslive with the following schedule:

Saturday October 3, 1:25 PM CET – ELITE 1 Final 1

Saturday October 3, 4:55 PM CET – ELITE 2 Final 1

Sunday October 4, 11:10 AM CET – ELITE 2 Final 2

Sunday October 4, 3:40 PM CET  – ELITE 1 Final 2

 

Race American Festival Circuit Zolder
PLACE: Circuit Zolder, Belgium
DATE: October 3-4, 2015
TRACK LAYOUT: 4.011 km (2.492 mi) Road Course
2014 WINNERS: This is the first time the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series races at Zolder
TRACK CONTACT: Website: circuit-zolder.be
Contact form: http://www.circuit-zolder.be/en/contact
Tel: +32 011 85 88 88
TRACK TWITTER: @CircuitZolder
EVENT HASHTAG: #NWES #ZolderFinals
NASCAR CONTACT: Anne Galpin, +33 6 76 04 11 89, anne@teamfj.com
PO: Gian Luca Guiglia +39 393 817 95 46, gguiglia@euronascar.com

TICKETSSCHEDULE | ENTRY LIST | RACE CENTRAL LIVE | LIVE STREAMING ON FANSCHOICE.TV

FAST FACTS

The Event: Circuit Zolder makes his debut in the calendar as the home of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Finals with the first edition of the American Festival. The weekend will begin thursday evening with an extraordinary parade from the track to the city of Hasselt, which will host technical inspections and a special autograph session. Beside the exciting racing on track, fans will enjoy all sorts of American Themed entertainment around the track for an unforgettable weekend.

The Procedure: 24 Cars will enter the Circuit Zolder Finals weekend. The starting field for each Division will be set by an 8-minute qualifying session, followed by a 5-minute Superpole with for the drivers posting the 12 fastest times. Each of the four races will be 64.176 Kilometers (16 laps) long and held under NASCAR rules, with double file restarts and an eventual Green-White-Checkered Finish attempt.

The circuit: Built in 1963, the 4,011Km (2.492mi) – 10 turns road courses is one of most iconic tracks in Europe. During its glorious history, it hosted a wide variety of motorsports event, from Formula 1 to Champcar and WTCC and currently features a very popular 24 Hours race. It also periodically hosts many other sporting events, like the Cycling World Championships and the BMX World Championships.

CIRCUIT ZOLDER FINALS NOTES

New NWES car to be unveiled: 2016 will be a key year for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the cars will receive a “game changing” upgrade thanks to a new body and several technical upgrades to be presented at Zolder on October 2 at 19:00 CET. The body is designed to bring to the next level one of the European fastest growing Series. In seven seasons of racing, EuroNASCAR constantly improved its rock-solid reliability and performances to reach in 2015 a full second per lap gain on road courses over 2014, thanks also to the consistent tire development brought by Michelin.

Lauda Returns: After racing at Tours Speedway, Mathias Lauda (#66 DF1 Racing Chevrolet SS) will be back behind the wheel for DF1 NASCAR Racing, aiming to shine in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Finals at Circuit Zolder. The Austrian has 1 win and 9 top-10 finishes in 14 NWES starts.

Verbergt makes NASCAR debut: 39-year-old Belgian driver Tim Verbergt (#20 Racing Club Partners Toyota Camry) will make his NASCAR debut at Zolder. The multiple-times Belgian GT and Touring Car Champion will race in the ELITE 1 Division on his home track.