The weather played an important role in the battles for the NASCAR GP Czech Republic Pole Awards at Autodrom Most. After plenty of rain in the morning, the EuroNASCAR PRO drivers found a soaked track that was drying during the 30-minute sessions. Loris Hezemans grabbed the pole position by clocking a 1:51.364-lap on his very last attempt. Waiting for the best track conditions, strategy was the key in the EuroNASCAR 2 session: Tobias Dauenhauer grabbed the Pole Position on a track that was getting faster every minute.
EuroNASCAR PRO: Hezemans beat Villeneuve at the very last second
In the EuroNASCAR PRO Qualifying session, Loris Hezemans battled for the Pole Position with Alon Day, Jacques Villeneuve and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen in thrilling fashion. The Dutchman just got over the start-finish-line at the very last moment to make one more attempt at the end of the 30-minutes session on the drying track. The Hendriks Motorsport driver bested Villeneuve by 0.636 seconds.
The 1997 Formula One World Champion had to settle for second after a thrilling qualifying session. Villeneuve clocked the 4.1 kilometer long track in 1:52.000 at the wheel of his #5 Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport EuroNASCAR FJ. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen followed in third with another strong performance, 0.919 seconds shy of the pole sitter. Reigning Champion Alon Day finished fourth ahead of Hendriks Motorsport’s Vittorio Ghirelli after running off track in his latest attempt.
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series returnee Romain Iannetta surprised with a solid sixth place at the wheel of the #46 Marko Stipp Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro, while RDV Competition’s Ulysse Delsaux had to settle for seventh – topping the Junior Trophy standings. Giorgio Maggi followed in eighth besting Andrea Nori and Lucas Lasserre, who rounded out the top-10. Best Challenger Trophy driver was Dario Caso in 13th.
EuroNASCAR 2: Dauenhauer scores pole in the very last second
In the early stages of the Qualifying, the EuroNASCAR 2 drivers were playing the waiting game. The sun came out behind the clouds and accelerated the track’s drying process. That’s why the best lap time was set in the very last lap of the session and it was Championship leader Tobias Dauenhauer, who won his first Pole Award of the season. The German in the colors of Hendriks Motorsport clocked the Autodrom Most in 1:42.586 minutes.
DF1 Racing driver Simon Pilate ended up second at the wheel of his #66 Chevrolet Camaro. The Belgian, who also set his fastest lap on his last attempt, was just 0.115 seconds slower than Dauenhauer. Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport’s Vladimiros Tziortzis followed in third, 0.425 seconds behind the pole sitter.
Valencia double winner Martin Doubek ended up fourth ahead of CAAL Racing’s Advait Deodhar, who scored his first ever NWES win in 2021 at Brands Hatch. Not Only Motorsport’s Naveh Talor finished sixth, while 42 Racing’s Francesco Garisto ended up seventh. Leevi Lintukantu topped the Rookie Trophy standings in eighth ahead of Justin Kunz, who went out for only two laps to save his tires. Legend Trophy contender Max Lanza rounded out the top-10.
The NASCAR GP Czech Republic at Autodrom Most continues with two races on Saturday. All races will be broadcasted live on the EuroNASCAR social media platforms – YouTube, NWES App, Facebook and Twitch – as well as on Motorsport.tv.