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It’s all about respect: How Goossens and Lasserre handle their fierce rivalry on and off track

“Rubbing is racing!” The quote from the NASCAR movie “Days of Thunder” represents the attitude and mindset of the drivers in the popular stockcar racing series. But despite often trading paint on the track, two drivers in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series show a lot of respect to each other off track even when the tempers heat up during the races: Lucas Lasserre and Marc Goossens. The duo had a tremendous duel at Circuit Zolder in EuroNASCAR PRO Round 10 that was won by Marc Goossens, who finished second ahead of Lasserre.

The battle was so intense that both drivers even went off track together in turn 5 while fighting for second position. After the checkered flag, CAAL Racing’s Goossens and Speedhouse’s Lasserre were friends again and showed a lot of respect for each other.

“I had some issues with my brakes and I think a couple laps before the end, Lucas made a small mistake behind me,” said Goossens, who got water poured over his head right in that moment by Lasserre during the interview. “There was some contact and we went straight through the gravel. But you know, end good, all good. I’m so happy to be back with CAAL Racing and get the support of the fans here in Belgium.”

Lasserre stood close by and it was the right moment to ask the Frenchman how he handles the rivalry with Goossens on track while being respected friends off track. After hugging Goossens, Lasserre said: “I have big respect for Marc as he had an amazing career. When I was young and I lived in Pau, he won the F3000 race there in the early stages of his career and I was looking up to him. He’s a pure racer and that’s what it’s all about in EuroNASCAR. I had issues with the brakes and I locked up at my rear and touched him. I stayed behind him and Marc knows that our tight battles always stay fair”

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Lasserre (left), Longin (middle), Goossens (right) – Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

In both races in Belgium, Lasserre and Goossens ended up in the podium. Lasserre had the upperhand in the first race on Saturday, Goossens in the second race on Sunday. A look at the overall standings reveals that Lasserre, who grabbed the Fastest Driver Award Titanium Tijey Ring for the first time, is still in the hunt for the title ahead of the EuroNASCAR PRO Finals at Vallelunga in Italy on October 30-31.

The Frenchman sits in fourth with a 33-point gap on championship leader Loris Hezemans and will need some help from Lady Luck to take the crown. The same will be for Goossens, who is seventh, 46 points shy of Hezemans.

Qualifying and all races from Autodromo di Vallelunga will be broadcasted on EuroNASCAR’s platforms – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, NWES App – and Motorsport.tv.

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Goossens leads Lasserre – Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese