Difficult weekend for the rest of the Tigers
Last weekend the season 2021 of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series started at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. For the Austrian team, the season opener couldn’t meet the expectations. With a podium, a top 5 and two top 10-results, the team was able to collect valuable points for the championship. Especially Nicolò Rocca was able to emphasize his ambitions to fight for the championship.
Last season Rocca showed, that he is quick at the Spanish race track. He confirmed that good impression with consistent results in the top 5. In the qualifying he had the fourth quickest time, only 0.035 secs behind the second place. In the beginning of the first race he had problems to keep the speed of the leaders, but in the second half he was able to close the gap and fight for a better position. In the end he finished the race on P2. With the fourth quickest lap time he found himself in the same position in his second race. He didn’t have the speed of the first race and wasn’t able to fight for another podium. He crossed the finish line with a good P5 and is now on P3 in the overall standings.
“Race 1 was very positive, especially in the second half of the race we showed a strong performance. The second race was a bit more challenging. We had to change the rear axle right before the race and the setup wasn’t completely straight. It has been a bit of a struggle throughout the race, so we need to be happy with P5. We collected good points in the championship. We still need to improve further, but I’m confident that we will be able to fight for wins in the next race”, Rocca said.
Marc Goossens, who is driving the new DF1 Tiger #77, had a solid first race weekend. Although he only started from P14 in both races, he was able to improve and collect valuable points with P9 in the first and P10 in the second race. He finished the season opener on P8 in the overall standings.
“I had to start from P14, in the middle of the pack. My lap times have been quite consistent, I was just on the wrong spot on the track for better lap times. We managed to stay out of trouble and finish the first race on P9. Unfortunately my lap times haven’t been better than to start on P14 in the second race”, Marc Goossens said. “Race 2 was very productive. We found some issues on the car on Saturday which we changed for the second race. I’m happy that we have 2 top 10-results and no damage on the car. The decision to come here and race for DF1 was made so late that our goal was to gather experience with the car. Now we know which steps we need to take for the next race to be more competitive. The team welcomed me in a very friendly way and I have to thank Norbert and Lettner Trans that they give me the opportunity to be a tiger!”
The debut of Patrick Lemarié and Henri Tuomaala didn’t meet their expectations at all. Both had technical issues throughout the weekend. While Tuomaala managed at least a P3 in the Challenger Trophy in the first race, Lemarié had to stop his car after just a few laps. Due to problems with the new engines, both couldn’t participate in the second race on Sunday.
Norbert Walchhofer, Head of Motorsport: “We are completely dissatisfied with the performance of the new engines in the #23 and #66 and we assume that the issue will be solved with the manufacturer for the next race.”