NASCAR Whelen Euro Series: Day and Rocca fastest at Umbria
Israeli racer Alon Day and Italian drivers Niccolo Rocca are the winners of the penultimate round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, which took place at the Autodromo dell’Umbria di Magione in Italy. Day and Rocca won races in the Elite 1 division, while Thomas Ferrando and Salvador Tineo Arroyo were the fastest in Elite 2 races.
After posting a record lap and setting the pole position for Race 1 of Elite 1 division, Alon Day (Caal Racing) showed a dominant performance with his #54 Chevrolet SS and achieved his maiden NASCAR win. Championship leader Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet SS), who started 4th, finished one place behind Day. Niccolo Rocca (#56 Caal Racing Chevrolet SS) finished third.
In the second race of Elite 1 division Niccolo Rocca shone on his home track and scored his third season’s victory. After 25 laps, Romain Iannetta (#7 TFT Chevrolet SS) and Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Ford Mustang) ended up on the podium, despite starting from the pitlane. American guest driver Brandon Gdovic completed his first NASCAR Euro race in eighth place. The day before, he finished 18th.
Ander Vilarino finished fifth and remained in the lead of the championship standings. He has 508 points, 35 more than the second placed Niccolo Rocca. Behind them are Romain Iannetta (456), Frederic Gabillon (449) and Anthony Kumpen (446). The final races of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series are scheduled for October 3/4 at Zolder, Belgium.
In the Elite 2 division, gaps are even smaller. Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) stayed winless at Umbria but took the championship lead with 489 points. Umbria winners Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#51 Caal Racing Toyota Camry) and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Ford Mustang) are second and third respectively, with 482 and 479 points. Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double T by MRT Nocentini Chevrolet SS) is fourth and Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) is fifth.