It was a perfect weekend for Martin Doubek at the wheel of his #7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang. The Czech won his second consecutive EuroNASCAR 2 race at Circuit Zolder and made a big leap in the points standings after sitting out of the season opener in Vallelunga.
For Doubek, who has been racing in EuroNASCAR since 2015, the weekend in Belgium marks his breakthrough in Europe’s official NASCAR series. But it was not an easy win for the 25 year old, who started on wet tyres on a quickly drying track. Midway through a race highlighted by three cautions, he was put under pressure by a charging Dylan Derdaele on slick tires, but the Belgian was involved in a restart contact in turn 2 with Nicholas Risitano that shuffled him down the order with 4 laps to go. Doubek took the checkered flag under safety car conditions.
"Yes, I did it again! I’m so happy to be in Victory Lane again after my first NWES win yesterday," said Doubek. "It was a tough race but I managed to stay at front. It was not easy with the rain tyres on the drying track and the #98 was pushing a lot. He was involved in a crash so I was able to keep the first position when the race ended behind the safety car. Thanks to my team for the great car this weekend."
While Doubek defended his lead, his teammate Vittorio Ghirelli climbed his way up and took advantage of the incident involving Derdaele and Risitano to grab second place on the podium. With his second podium finish of the season, Ghirelli also grabbed the lead in the points standings.
Shadow Racing Cars by 42 Racing’s Francesco Garisto was third under the checkered flag and won the race in the Rookie Trophy. After a challenging weekend in Vallelunga, the Italian stepped on the EuroNASCAR 2 podium for the first time in his young career.
Andre Castro, who missed the race on Saturday, started from 20th place and made an incredible comeback right into the top-5. The American DF1 Racing driver gained the most positions in the race, earning 4 bonus points and crossing the finish line in fourth.
Alessandro Brigatti closed the top-5 after in a battered #8 Feed Vict Racing Camaro, but was penalized after the race for causing an accident. The penalty demoted the Italian to 11th.
A blissfully happy Arianna Casoli ended up fifth and celebrated her best ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series to date. The Italian also won the Legend Trophy and the Lady Trophy. Despite the crash, Derdaele finished sixth ahead of Simon Pilate, who completed the first full race in his career. The two Belgians also stepped on the Rookie Trophy podium.
Marko Stipp Motorsport’s Evgeny Sokolovsky and Mishumotors’ Eric Quintal were eighth and ninth and closed the Legend Trophy podium. Vladimiros Tziortzis closed the top-10. Several big names did not make it to the finish line: Nicholas Risitano, Guillaume Dumarey, Andreas Jochimsen and Julia Landauer were all involved in accidents over the course of the 15-lap race.
The EuroNASCAR 2 drivers will be back in action on November 14-15 at Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic. The NASCAR GP Belgium will culminate with the EuroNASCAR PRO race at 16:50. Round 4 will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s social media profiles and Motorsport.tv.