Alina Loibnegger made her comeback in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship’s Lady Trophy. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series made its annual visit to Autodrom Most to host the very popular NASCAR GP Czech Republic on the technical but fast 4.212-kilometer track. Loibnegger joined the German team Bremotion for the occasion and took the EuroNASCAR 2 cockpit next to Tobias Dauenhauer, who’s Patrick Brenndörfer’s top driver in EuroNASCAR PRO. Loibnegger made a perfect comeback in the Lady Trophy and took the win on both days.
Driving half the season in EuroNASCAR PRO helped Loibnegger improve her competitiveness and pace aboard a 400 horsepower EuroNASCAR V8 car. The 28-year-old wrestled the #99 Chevrolet Camaro around the track’s 21 turns in qualifying to earn the 17th starting spot for Saturday’s race. The Wolfsberg native beat out Stefani Mogorovic, a young Croatian driver making her EuroNASCAR debut at Autodrom Most, and Arianna Casoli, the winningest Lady Trophy driver in NWES history.
On Saturday, Loibnegger proved that she has what it takes to fight for top positions in EuroNASCAR 2. The Austrian got off to a good start and climbed through the ranks to finish ninth after 14 exciting laps. It was her fourth career top-10 finish, but Loibnegger beat her personal record to collect her best NWES career finish. She topped the Lady Trophy standings ahead of Casoli in 17th and Mogorovic, who retired early in the race. On Sunday, Loibnegger repeated the feat, finishing 15th overall. Once again the Austrian took the Lady Trophy win ahead of Casoli and Mogorovic.
Casoli continues to lead the Lady Trophy standings after two solid second place finishes in the EuroNASCAR 2 women’s special classification at Most. While Loibnegger scored her ninth and tenth Lady Trophy victories to pass Julia Landauer, Francesca Linossi and Erika Monforte on the all-time list, Casoli is fully on pace for a record-breaking fourth Lady Trophy championship win. The Italian from Reggio Emilia dominates the special classification in 15th place overall in points: the Speedhouse driver has a 108-point lead over Loibnegger, who’s in second place ahead of Mogorovic.
With ten Lady Trophy wins, Loibnegger is now third on the NWES all-time list and needs eight more wins to tie Carmen Boix Gil for second place. Casoli, who joined the series back in 2015, has 38 race wins on her tally, making her not only the winningest Lady Trophy driver, but also a three-time champion in the special classification and one-time Legend Trophy winner.
The regular season finale at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will take place on September 23-24 and will be broadcast on EuroNASCAR’s YouTube channel, Motorsport.tv and various television services around the world.
Featured image by NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Japo Santos