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EuroNASCAR PRO: Loris Hezemans the man to beat in Italy

The 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season culminates on October 30-31 with the EuroNASCAR Finals at Autodromo di Vallelunga in Italy. In the EuroNASCAR PRO Championship, 2019 NWES Champion Loris Hezemans is the points leader with 294 points on his account. The Dutchman, driving the #7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang, will have the championship’s destiny in his hands thanks to a consistent lead, but 10 drivers still have mathematical chances of winning the EuroNASCAR PRO title.

Hezemans is the clear favorite in the 2021 NWES title race. The Dutchman scored 4 wins so far and is leading the championship despite missing the regular season finale at Circuit Zolder in Belgium. In 8 races, the 24-year-old finished in the top-5 7 times and 8 times in the top-10. Hezemans dropped the 2 races at Zolder as the 8 best of 10 results count towards the championship after the regular season. With a 21-point lead, Hezemans still has a lot of work to do to become a two-time NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion, but his margin is already one point bigger than the one Alon Day finished the season with last year.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

2020 EuroNASCAR 2 Champion Vittorio Ghirelli is his closest rival in the battle for the Championship Ring. The Italian stepped up in NWES’ premier class in 2021 and scored his maiden EuroNASCAR PRO win at Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia. 8 times the Fasano native finished inside the top-5 so far. Ghirelli ended up in the top-10 in all rounds of the 2021 season which makes his consistency his strongest weapon in the title race.

Another Italian 2021 NWES winner is among the title contenders: Gianmarco Ercoli. The CAAL Racing driver took the #54 Camaro to Victory Lane at Grobnik and put himself back in the championship contention. 23 points separate Ercoli from Hezemans and therefore the Rome native could make the big jump to the top of the standings, when the 2021 NWES season closes at the track located 30 minutes North of his hometown.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

NWES veteran Lucas Lasserre follows in fourth after a strong run at Circuit Zolder in Belgium. The Frenchman stood on the podium after both races in the forest in Limburg and made a big step in the overall classification. The Speedhouse driver is only 33 points shy of Hezemans and will give his best to chase down the drivers in front of him to make it into the top-3 at the end of the season. Lasserre operates his own family team acting as the driver, engineer and team boss for Speedhouse.

Reigning EuroNASCAR PRO Champion Alon Day completes the top-5 with 3 race wins in his pockets. The Israeli, who went back to CAAL Racing after clinching his third title with PK Carsport in 2020, experienced a rollercoaster of emotions during the 2021 season. The Ashdod native scored important wins in Brands Hatch, Most and Zolder but also got in trouble in several races which hurt his mission of becoming the first ever four-time NWES Champion.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

DF1 Racing’s Nicolo Rocca sits in sixth with a 36-point gap on Hezemans. The Italian was very consistent during the year but was never in contention for a race win – his only piece missing to become a real title threat. Will he find the edge in Italy?

Marc Goossens, who was on the podium at Zolder twice, is seventh ahead of Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, Giorgio Maggi and Ulysse Delsaux. All drivers inside the top-10 still have chances of becoming the 2021 NWES Champion but the stats show that it likely will be the top-5 fighting for the overall championship win.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Since 2012, the average margin of victory in the championship was 24.1 points, the narrowest was one single point in 2014 – Anthony Kumpen over Ander Vilarino – while the biggest was 53 – Day over Kumpen in 2017. With up to 176 points on the table in two races, fans are in for a thrilling finale at the Autodromo Piero Taruffi.

The 2021 NWES Finals will take place on October 30-31 at Autodromo di Vallelunga in Italy. Qualifying and all races will be broadcasted live on all EuroNASCAR platforms – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, NWES App – and Motorsport.tv.

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