Two-time EuroNASCAR 2 runner-up Tobias Dauenhauer made the next step of his NASCAR Whelen Euro Series career. The German moved up to EuroNASCAR PRO to drive the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang. The 24-year-old had an impressive run in Valencia in the 2022 season opener, collecting one overall podium and two Junior Trophy race wins.
It was the first time since 2017, when Stienes Longin finished second at Valencia, that a EuroNASCAR 2 driver transitioned to EuroNASCAR PRO and immediately stepped on the podium.
“It was a tough weekend for all us drivers here in Valencia because it was very hot in the car, but I’m quite happy with how it went,” said Dauenhauer. “I think it was a good debut for me in EuroNASCAR PRO and I’m looking forward to the next race.”
While battling with big personalities like three-time Champion Alon Day and six other EuroNASCAR PRO race winners, the German not only secured first place in the 15-minute Qualifying session, but also delivered the fourth quickest time in Superpole, grabbing a place on the second row of the grid. Having predicted a top-5 for his son, Tobias’ father Gunther Dauenhauer was ecstatic.
And there was more to come: Dauenhauer made an incredible start into the 18-lap race, taking second behind Nicolo Rocca while polesitter Alexander Graff was shuffled down the order to third. Rocca won the first race of the season and Dauenhauer finished Round 1 second under the checkered flag. He also took the win in the Junior Trophy ahead of Giorgio Maggi and Gustas Grinbergas.
Starting from fifth in a 33-car grid on Sunday, Dauenhauer again found a way to convince and put on a strong performance. Despite having to surrender to veterans like Romain Iannetta, Marc Goossens and Frederic Gabillon, the Hendriks Motorsport driver finished eighth, bringing home important points and another Junior Trophy win ahead of Grinbergas and Leonardo Colavita.
With one podium finish and two top-10 results, Dauenhauer sits in fourth in the overall classification, ten points shy of championship leader Rocca. The 24-year-old also leads the Junior Trophy ranks dedicated to drivers aged 25 and under. The two-time EuroNASCAR 2 runner-up left a mark in NWES’ premier class and for sure will have a say in the battle for the championship win. The competition is strong, but Dauenhauer is ready to give all his best and become the first German driver to win a EuroNASCAR Championship.
The 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will continue with the ninth edition of the hugely popular American SpeedFest in Great Britain. The Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch awaits the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 drivers on June 11-12. Qualifying and all races will be broadcast on the official NWES YouTube channel, Motorsport.tv and several TV services from around the world.
Featured Image Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese