Driving a 400hp V8 beast without any electronic driving aids can be a demanding experience for a race car driver in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. If you add a tough high-speed track like the Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia to the equation, you have the ultimative challenge drivers love so much about EuroNASCAR. Miguel Gomes faced that task with Marko Stipp Motorsport in what was “the most demanding” race for the Portuguese so far.
“Grobnik was the most demanding track I’ve been to so far,” said the EuroNASCAR 2 rookie after two races at the beautiful Croatian Riviera. “But I must admit, it was also the most fun one! As I have experience on ovals and Brands Hatch only, most of the tracks in the EuroNASCAR schedule are completely new for me so it’s always a real challenge to be competitive. The races at Grobnik were definitely the most challenging ones in terms of driving and staying physically fit.”
But what makes the 4.2 kilometer long track with its 18 turns so demanding? Gomes has the answer: “Those high-speed turns are fun but they put some extra pressure on your body. You also have to be very focused, as the track needs all of your attention. You have to keep your concentration on a high level almost all of the time. I found it challenging but I have to say that it was also the one I enjoyed most so far. These cars are always fun to drive, but those high-speed turns bring you some extra fun for sure!”
Gomes finished 15th and 18th in the EuroNASCAR 2 races at Automotodrom Grobnik. The Marko Stipp Motorsport driver claimed the 14th place in the overall standings and the third rank in the Rookie Trophy classification. The next stop will be Circuit Zolder in Belgium on October 9-10. The legendary track in the forest of Limburg will be another great challenge for the Portuguese who’s driving the #46 Chevrolet Camaro for the German team of Marko Stipp. All races will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s platforms – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, NWES App – and Motorsport.tv.
Credits Featured Image: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese