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Day And De Doncker Lead Practice

The Israeli Sets The Pace At Hockenheim
Gian Luca Guiglia
July 28, 2017 - 3:21pm

Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) was the quickest NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver in practice to open the inaugural American Fan Fest weekend at the Hockenheimring, while Eric De Doncker (#98 Motorsport 98 Ford Mustang) posted the fastest time in the ELITE 2 Division. 

Day, who sits third in points entering the last event of the 2017 regular season, wheeled the #54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS around the 3.692 Kilometers of the legendary German track in 1:32.749 in the last practice session to edge reigning champion Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), who led the first practice in the morning, by a mere .072 seconds. 

Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Toyota Camry), points leader Borja Garcia (#7 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) completed the top-5. The Belgian also led the Junior Trophy classification ahead of Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang), Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), who took the spots from sixth to eighth. Freddy Nordstrom (#44 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and Christophe Bouchut (#66 DF1 Racing Team Chevrolet SS) rounded out the top-10. 

Eric De Doncker (#98 Motorsport 98 Ford Mustang) was fastest among the Challengers and also topped the ELITE 2 Division charts with a 1:34.391 lap that placed him ahead of two-time pole sitter Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), who led the final practice session in 1:34.536 and was fastest among the rookies. 

Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Toyota Camry), points leader Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) and Justin Kunz (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) completed the top-5. Martin Doubek was sixth fastests ahead of Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), Maciej Dreszer (#66 DF1 Racing Team Chevrolet SS), debutant Jean Baptiste Simmenauer (#27 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) and fresh two-time winner Felipe Rabello (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS).

Carmen Boix Gil (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang)  was the fastest contender for the Lady Cup.

Qualifying for the American Fan Fest will begin on Saturday morning at 10:00 CET. All the action from the Hockenheimring will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard