Beside the championship battles in the ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 Division, there are still different Trophies on the line at the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Finals in Belgium and the battles on track will be more exciting than ever.
In the ELITE 1 Division, drivers are fighting for glories in the Junior Trophy – for drivers aged 25 or less – and the Challenger Trophy, dedicated to silver and bronze drivers competing in Euro NASCAR’s top division. In the ELITE 2 Division there are the Rookie Trophy for NWES debutants, the Legend Trophy for drivers aged 40 and older and the Lady Trophy for female drivers.
Junior and Rookie Trophy mirror the overall championship battles
Loris Hezemans and Nicolo Rocca are the main contenders in the ELITE 1 Division both for the title and the Junior Trophy. The Dutchman and the Italian are separated by only 21 points and will surely competing at the front in Zolder. The two also lead the trophy’s all-time list with 14 and 13 wins respectively. Looking at how things are going in the 2019 season, the ELITE 1 champion will probably also be crowned Junior Trophy champion. Will it be a back-to-back triumph for Hezemans or the first one for Rocca?
In the ELITE 2 Division an impressive wave of newcomers took over the championship and five rookies sit on top of the overall points standings for the first time since the inception of the Rookie Trophy in 2014. Championship leader Giorgio Maggi still has an eleven-point advantage on a charging Lasse Soerensen ahead of the Finals at Circuit Zolder, while the first of their competitors, Vittorio Ghirelli, must overcome a 68-point deficit. As for the ELITE 1 Division, the driver who will win the ELITE 2 championship, will most probably be the Rookie Trophy champion too.
Challenger Trophy: Tuomaala with a solid margin
Memphis Racing’s Henri Tuomaala leads the Challenger Trophy classification ahead of the final two races of the 2019 NWES season. The Finn sits in 15th position in the overall standings with 275 points in his pockets and solid advantage of 44 points on defending champion Kenko Miura.
But with double points on the line, Tuomaala cannot relax and Dario Caso, who won the Trophy in 2016 and sits just four points behind Miura, is not out of the trophy picture either. Caso won the first Semi Final at the Hockenheimring putting himself back in contention. CAAL Racing’s Mauro Trione follows in fourth, just three markers shy of Caso.
Legend Trophy: Bleekemolen in the lead
The battle for the Legend Trophy has never been as close as in the 2019 NWES season. Two strong rookies top the standings: Michael Bleekemolen and Ian Eric Waden. The Dutchman, who will be 70 years old by the time he hits the track on Friday in Zolder, leads the classification by only one point ahead of Memphis Racing’s Waden.
With the two round wins he collected in Germany, Waden brought his season total up to five against Bleekemolen’s two. Mishumotors’ team owner Mirco Schultis is currently third in the Legend Trophy, while Arianna Casoli is not that far behind in fourth and on the way to her second career Lady Trophy.
Qualifying and all races of the 2019 NWES Finals at Circuit Zolder will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the NWES Facebook and YouTube pages, Motorsport.tv and a vast network of websites and social media pages from around the world.