Lasse Soerensen, Justin Kunz and Ellen Lohr with strong performances in the Czech Republic
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series debuted at the Autodrom Most last weekend and it was a great success from scratch: More than 20,000 NASCAR fans visited the 4.2 kilometre long race track at the Czech Republic. The dexwet-df1 racing drivers Lasse Soerensen, Justin Kunz and Ellen Lohr were right in the middle of the event. Soerensen again brought his #66 Chevrolet Camaro into the Victory Lane.
After finishing second in the first race of the weekend on Saturday, Lasse Soerensen was unbeatable on Sunday. He overtook polesitter Giorgio Maggi in turn 2 with a planned manouvre and managed to stay in the lead until the checkered flag. It was his fourth season win in six starts. Soerensen now sits in fourth place in the points standings – even after missing out the season opener at Valencia.
“I’m proud that I scored another win,” said Soerensen. “I thank my team for the great job at Most and my sponsor Flexlease.nu for the backing. We had some issues during qualifying but we found the pace in the races. I want to win races, but I’m happy about the second place in race 1. The win in Elite2 Round 8 was great, as I had a great battle with Giorgio but I think, I had everything under control when I was leading.”
Justin Kunz also impressed with his performance in the Elite2 Division. In the first race the German driver from Appenweier had a strong run and he secured his second top-5 finish in the 2019 season. He suffered a setback in the second race on Sunday, when he was penalized for a contact with Andre Castro. After serving the drive-through penalty he was able to deliver a great comeback. He overtook a big part of the field and scored his sixth consecutive top-10.
“The parade on Thursday was a great start into the race weekend,” said Kunz. “I love the track at Most. I won here in another race series earlier in my career. On Friday we had to work on the setup and we made some good progress. I’m happy about the fifth place in the first race, but I wanted to get a spot on the podium. I had bad luck with the penalty on Sunday. But I came back and secured another top-10 finish. At least we were rewarded for the hard work. Now I’m looking forward to the race at Venray.”
Ellen Lohr is in the middle of the title race for the Challenger Trophy in the Elite1 Division. It’s the classification for drivers who are ranked silver by the FIA. Lohr gained nine positions in the first race and finished 14th. That was enough to secure the last spot on the Challenger Trophy podium. It was her third top-3 finish in 2019.
The Monegasque of her choice had some intense duels in the second race on Sunday. She was on her way to another Challenger Trophy podium, when she was sent into the gravel by Mauro Trione. The CAAL Racing driver was penalized for the incident after the race. Despite the clash, Lohr was able to come back and finish 15th. After six weekends in the 2019 season Lohr sits third in the Challenger Trophy classification.
“I had some intense battles and great duels in the races,” said Lohr. “It was my best performance in the 2019 season. I love the track at Most with it’s elevations, fast and slow combination of corners and a chicane you cannot find at modern race tracks. The Autodrom Most is one of the tracks that was not ruined for a Formula One design. I’m happy about the results and I’m already looking forward to the races at Venray. It will be my very first oval race in my career.”
The regular season final will take place at the famous Raceway Venray in two weeks. The Dutch round is the only oval race in the 2019 NWES season and a real highlight on the serie’s schedule. There will be one race in each division: The Elite2 Division will start on Saturday (75 laps) and the Elite1 Division will hit the track on Sunday (100 laps).