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After finishing second in the Challenger Trophy and in the Rookie Cup for his debut season, Marconi Abreu will return to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series with RDV Compétition to drive the #47 Chevrolet SS in both the NWES Divisions.
In his second full-time season in the European NASCAR Series, the Brazilian will aim at taking another step towards the front of the grid with RDV Competition to climb on the podium.
“In 2016 I had the great opportunity to join the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and it was an amazing experience. I competed against the best European drivers and I found a great team in RDV Compétition. Franck Violas and his squad are all extremely professional and they really love their job,” said Abreu, who will drive the car that just won the Championship with Anthony Kumpen as the Belgian will start the season with a brand new car. “We’ll drive a special car in 2017 and shoot for the podium in both ELITE 1 and ELITE 2. It won’t be easy to do, because it takes a lot of energy. It is a lot of driving, but I am prepared for this. Traveling this much back and forth from Brazil will be another critical point, so I will spend more time in Europe this year.”
A native of Belo Horizonte, Marconi made his debut in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series at Valencia, immediately conquering his first top-10 in the ELITE 2 Division. The first top-10 in ELITE 1 came the next month at Venray in what was his first ever weekend of oval racing. He closed the season with two top-10s and the runner-up spot in the Challenger Trophy in ELITE 1 and reached four top-10s in ELITE 2 to finish ninth in points and second in the Rookie Cup.
As a Brazilian racing in Europe, Abreu feels the support of his fans and his fellow countrymen as one more reason to give his very best behind the wheel and also outside the car. “I represent my country, I am not alone in the car and I am really happy for this. There are many Brazilians all over the world supporting me and I want to deliver for all of them. I want to give them something positive to be happy about, even in difficult times. It is my responsibility towards them. I respect my fans, the sport, and myself, I am grateful for my family, my wife and this opportunity. Let’s go racing,” he said.
Abreu’s 2017 NASCAR season begun on February 10th in Fontenay Le Comte, France with a full day of testing to discover the new car and the Brazilian believes he’s ready for the new campaign.
“We did a great job in Fontenay. We ran a deep analysis of the car and we discovered a couple of things we will need to improve before Valencia. I will be ready to deliver comes April 8. I want to go on the podium every time and I am at my best, inside and outside the car,” concluded the Brazilian, who will be be back on track on March 3 at the Autodromo di Franciacorta for the official Prologue of the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season.
Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard