DF1 Racing again will field five cars for the NASCAR GP Czech Republic at the 4.1 kilometer long Autodrom Most. The Austrian powerhouse wants to raise the bar and fight for podiums in all NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Championship and Trophies. This is what the drivers have to say before the third event of the 2021 EuroNASCAR season.
Nicolo Rocca from Italy is the big hope of DF1 Racing in the EuroNASCAR PRO title battle. The driver of the #22 Chevrolet Camaro sits in third in the overall standings just 25 shy of Loris Hezemans in first place. Rocca wants to score his first win of the season and attack at the top of the EuroNASCAR PRO classification.
He said: “I really like Most and have some sweet memories from the few past races there. Last time we raced there in 2019, I grabbed my latest NWES win. I just love the rhythm of the track and after two good weekends in the 2021 season, I really want to have another great one. The focus is to attack at the top.”
Marc Goossens landed a last minute deal with DF1 Racing ahead of the 2021 NWES season. The experienced Belgian and endurance racing specialist had a tough start at the wheel of the #77 Chevrolet Camaro. Goossens is eager to get the turn around and score important points for the championship.
“The Goose” said: “The deal was indeed pretty late and therefore our first race wasn’t as prepared as it should have been. But we scored some valuable points in Valencia so that was good. At Brands we discovered on Saturday evening that the engine came loose in the chassis so that result wasn’t the greatest either. On top of that with the new crash tire rule, I took a ten second penalty on day two in the UK. It was a late opportunity and Norbert and I had been in touch for a while so it was good to be on the grid in Valencia. I have never been to Most so it is hard for me to say but I learn tracks pretty fast so we should be alright. I go out every time to try and achieve podium finishes. Hopefully the first podium of the year is not too far away.”
Ian Eric Waden will again pull double duties at Autodrom Most after he shared the #44 car with returnee Alexander Graff at Brands Hatch. In both championships, the Finn wants to finish as high as possible and collect podium finishes in the Challenger and Legend Trophy.
Waden said: “The 2021 season has not been a dream season for me so far. The first race seemed good but then things didn’t work out for us unfortunately. The next round in the Czech Republic at Autodrom Most is definitely one of my favourites in the series. Back in 2019, the fans were just great and I really hope we get their support again when we come back racing there. The race track suits the EuroNASCAR cars and my driving style. I trust DF1 Racing to give me a great car and setup again. It’s going to be challenging as we are only allowed to use two sticker slicks. It’s going to be a physical challenge for me as well as I will compete in EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2.”
Graff, who will not race at Most, added: “We are working on competing in some more races, but not every event works for me as I have other commitments. If I will be back on the grid it will be at the wheel of the #44 with Ian Eric and DF1 Racing. It was nice to be back and a very warm welcome. Also it was nice to see everyone again. We showed a good pace in the UK and I made some nice overtrakes. That makes me want to come back even more!”
Henri Tuomaala will be back at the wheel of the #23 Chevrolet Camaro that he shares with youngster Leevi Lintukanto. After taking a break during the NASCAR GP UK at Brands Hatch, Patrick Lemarie will make his comeback in the #66 Camaro. Last time, Simon Pilate competed in both championships while Lemarie stepped back to give his protege more track time in the 2021 season.
Tuomaala said: “It’s great to be racing again after the summer break and Most ist just a great track that I like a lot. At the beginning of the season we had some technical issues with the car and I hope those problems have been solved. I’m looking forward to a successful and exciting race weekend in the Czech Republic.”
Speaking of Simon Pilate: The young Belgian made great progress in his second EuroNASCAR 2 season and sits in seventh after four races. With two top-5 and three top-10 results, the DF1 Racing youngster put himself right in the title battle. What’s still missing is a race win, but Pilate is eager to grab his first big trophy at the Autodrom Most.
He said: “I feel ready to close the gap to the leader of the championship. At Brands we were able to show our true performance and that we can fight for the win. Like at Brands Hatch I don’t know the Most circuit but I’m confident that it’s not going to stop my progress throughout the weekend to be able to reach first place. With the team we are going to do all that’s possible to bring home the best possible result!”
EuroNASCAR veteran Justin Kunz is ninth in the overall EuroNASCAR 2 standings. The German also scored two top-5 and three top-10 results so far. In the four races, Kunz showed that a podium finish seems only a matter of time and one thing is for sure: The Appenweier native is hungry for more.
Kunz said: “Most is one of the best tracks on the calendar. With the summer heat I expect some very close races there. I’m also really curious how the track will develop when we hit the track together with the big trucks. Maybe the grip level will change. I’m really looking forward to the weekend and I hope we can score some good results as a team.”
DF1 Racing welcomes EuroNASCAR returnee Gil Linster in the EuroNASCAR 2 Championship. The Luxembourgish will share the #77 car with Goossens and make his NASCAR Whelen Euro Series comeback. Linster has a total of 23 EuroNASCAR 2 races on his record and made his last start until now in 2018.
The NASCAR GP Czech Republic at Autodrom Most takes place on August 28-29 at Autodrom Most. Qualifying and all races will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s social media platforms – YouTube, NWES App, Facebook, Twitch – and Motorsport.tv.