The 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season will culminate on October 30-31 at Autodromo di Vallelunga in Italy with both championship crowns on the line and a fierce battle inside the Hendriks Motorsport ranks. In EuroNASCAR 2, the battle for the title is tighter than ever before as championship leader Tobias Dauenhauer and current runner-up Martin Doubek are separated by just 3 points. With double points on the line and a maximum of 176 points to collect, every single position can make the difference and decide who will become the new EuroNASCAR 2 champion.
Dauenhauer knows the situation already from last year, when he went into the Super Speedweek at Circuit Ricardo Tormo almost tied in points with Vittorio Ghirelli. Dauenhauer led the championship before the last race of the season but then was beaten by the Italian, who overtook the German in the overall standings and grabbed the championship trophy. Dauenhauer definitely wants to make sure that situation will not happen again. To his advantage, Dauenhauer can definitely count on a good feeling with Vallelunga, having won both races at the Italian track in 2020.
Consistency and two strong finishes in the final rounds will be crucial to become the EuroNASCAR 2 champion. Dauenhauer scored 4 wins in the 2021 NWES season and ended up in the top-5 9 times. After dropping his 2 worst regular season results, the Hendriks Motorsport driver has 298 points on his account – just 3 markers more than his fiercest rival.
Doubek also won 4 races over the course of the season but was less consistent than Dauenhauer. The Czech finished 8 races inside the top-5 and therefore collected 295 points entering the NWES Finals. Hendriks Motorsport will travel to Italy with a big smile on their faces as both top championship contenders are driving for the Dutch powerhouse.
But Dauenhauer and Doubek cannot leave the other competitors out of their sight. After doing the math, there are still 11 drivers theoretically capable of winning the title. Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport driver Vladimiros Tziortzis sits in third in the overall standings. The Cypriot scored his maiden Pole Position at Circuit Zolder and is only 24 points shy of Dauenhauer. He is followed by Not Only Motorsport’s Naveh Talor, who grabbed his first ever career win at Zolder. The Israeli has a 43-point deficit from the leader.
Closing the top-5 is Advait Deodhar from India. The CAAL Racing driver sped to victory at Brands Hatch and made his breakthrough in the 2021 NWES season. A true NWES veteran is sixth in the overall standings: Justin Kunz. The DF1 Racing driver climbed on the podium at Grobnik but is currently missing the strength to compete for wins which leaves him out of the championship battle. His teammate Simon Pilate follows in seventh ahead of rookie Alberto Panebianco, Pierluigi Veronesi, Francesco Garisto and Max Lanza.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Finals at Autodromo di Vallelunga will take place on October 30-31. Qualifying and all races of the NASCAR GP Italy will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s platforms – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, NWES App – and Motorsport.tv.