The Austrian team is in the middle of the Elite2 title race
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series regular season came to an end at Raceway Venray last weekend. The only 2019 oval race was held at the “fastest half-mile oval in Europe” in the Netherlands. Right in the middle: dexwet-df1 racing with Lasse Soerensen, Ellen Lohr and Justin Kunz.
Soerensen and Kunz were on track on Saturday for the Elite2 race. The qualifying was scheduled on midday after a solid Free Practice in the morning. Oval rookie Soerensen showed a strong performance and secured the fourth place on the grid. Birthday boy Kunz was not comfortable and finished eleventh.
In the first half of the 70-lap long Elite2 race, Soerensen was able to catch up with the front runners. The Dane was fighting for the win, but a issue with a ignition cable set him back. With only seven working cylinders, the 22-year old race driver ended up seventh on his #66 Green Tiger. Soerensen is third in the points standings and has only a 15-point big residue on championship leader Giorgio Maggi ahead of the playoffs.
Let the battle for the title begin!
“It was nice to race on an oval,” said Soerensen. “I felt comfortable from the beginning, what made me very happy. The whole team proved to be fast on an oval. We had some bad luck this weekend, but that’s racing. We will strike back at Hockenheim and try to take over the points lead. I thank my whole team and my sponsors flexlease.nu and Saphe.”
Kunz, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Thursday, suffered a setback at Venray. Due to the tough weekend the German was never able to show his oval skills. The team really wanted to give him a good result as a gift. After crossing out one result the German sits in seventh in the standings with only 70 markers short on the leader. The Dexwet driver is still in the game, as double points are rewarded in the playoff races at Hockenheim and Zolder. He’s still on his way to bring home his best Elite 2 career result.
Ellen Lohr made a dream come true at Raceway Venray. The Monegasque of her choice did her first oval race at the 25-degrees-banked oval in the Netherlands. Despite an early crash in the Elite1 race, the German draw a positive conclusion after the race weekend.
“I’ve learned a lot this weekend,” said Lohr. “I worked on my setup with my race engineer. It was a completely new challenge, as the setup is totally different and asymmetric in comparison to road courses. That was really exciting. I had a short race due to a damaged tire. It hit the wall because of that issue. In the end it was a nice experience and I really think I’m prepared for another oval race at Venray next year.”
Motorsport boss Norbert Walchhofer is happy with the team after the races at Venray: “Oval expert Greg Jablonski and Marko Reimer really did a great job preparing the NASCAR cars at the base and the track. Under crew chief Mike Law, the whole team is doing a fantastic job the whole season long and I thank everybody, who is working for our success with full passion.”
After several tests in the next weeks, dexwet-df1 racing will be back on track for racing at the Hockenheimring on September 21-22.