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Teammates in the garage, competitors on track: The 2020 championship battle between Ghirelli and Dauenhauer


The EuroNASCAR 2 championship is well known as the most unpredictable category in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. In 2020, two Hendriks Motorsport teammates fought a fierce and intense battle for the crown: Vittorio Ghirelli and Tobias Dauenhauer. The decision was made in the very last race of the season as Ghirelli won Final 2 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia to grab his first ever NASCAR title.

2020 EURONASCAR 2 FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

The Italian from Fasano was in a must-win situation as his teammate Dauenhauer captured the championship lead with a phenomenal win in EuroNASCAR 2 Final 1. Ghirelli used all his experience to put the pressure on the German, who started from pole in the last race of the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. Coming from ninth, Ghirelli fought his way up the ranks and chased down Dauenhauer. The Italian passed the #50 Ford Mustang to win the race and the big trophy.

At the wheel of the #18 Ford Mustang, Ghirelli scored 5 wins, 8 top-5 and 9 top-10 finishes over 10 rounds in 2020. The Italian now has 6 career wins on his record as his first came in 2019 at Raceway Venray which was the first ever oval race in his life.

Dauenhauer was obviously disappointed with how his season ended, but the German realized what he accomplished in his first year in EuroNASCAR. Dauenhauer scored 3 wins over the season and the dominant double victory in Vallelunga is one of the most memorable moments of 2020. Like Ghirelli, he ended up inside the top-5 8 times and inside the top-10 9 times. 6 points shy of Ghirelli, Dauenhauer grabbed the win in the 2020 EuroNASCAR 2 Rookie Trophy classification.

A special story: Ahead of the final race, both drivers confirmed that they shared all the data throughout the whole season. There were no secrets between the #18 and #50 teams of the Dutch powerhouse Hendriks Motorsport. It all came down to the best performance, setup, strategy and a little bit of luck.

EuroNASCAR’s PR Manager Gian Luca Guiglia together with EuroNASCAR.com editor and reporter André Wiegold catched up with the EuroNASCAR 2 champion Ghirelli and Rookie Trophy winner Dauenhauer in the latest episode of Pure Racing Pit Reporters: