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NWES announces record-setting entry list

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series announced today a record-breaking entry list for the first event of the 2018 season, taking place this weekend in Valencia, Spain, at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. 31 cars will hit the track, fielded by 20 teams and driven by 52 drivers across the two divisions, representing an unprecedented 18 countries on the grid of the most anticipated season in NASCAR Whelen Euro Serie history.

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The battle for the NWES title gets tougher than ever

The ELITE 1 Division starting grid has never been so competitive. On the grid in Valencia there will be seven drivers with a NWES division title in their resume: Alon Day will chase back-to-back championships with CAAL Racing, two-time champ Anthony Kumpen and PK Carsport are looking for a record-tying third crown, Lucas Lasserre and Wilfried Boucenna both won the series respectively in 2010 and 2009, while ELITE 2 champions Thomas Ferrando, Stienes Longin and Gianmarco Ercoli are all chasing the glory of being the first to wear both NWES crowns.

Last but not least, a NASCAR Legend. 2000 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Bobby Labonte announced yesterday he will go for the European NASCAR title at the wheel of the #18 YACCO RDV Competition Toyota.

The list of race winners and therefore title hopefuls is, once again, record-breaking and testifies the extreme parity ruling in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. From the last winner of 2017 Marc Goossens, whose Braxx Racing team is expanding to three cars, to perennial title-contender Frederic Gabillon, from last year’s Valencia dominator Borja Garcia to returning Romain Iannetta – the Frenchman will lead the European division of the American NASCAR team Go Fas Racing – 12 drivers will start the first ELITE 1 round with at least one NWES win in their palmares.

The many new entries are further adding to Euro NASCAR’s status as one of the most exciting touring car series in Europe: Francesco Sini and his Solaris Motorsport team come from GT racing, Julien Schell and Pegasus Racing from endurance competitions, Hendriks Motorsports will field Loris Hezemans and multiple Swedish V8 Champion Alexander Graff will make his NASCAR debut with Scandinavian powerhouse Memphis Racing.

NUM ELITE 1 DRIVER NAT TRO TEAM CAR
1 Garcia Borja ESP Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang
2 Miura Kenko JPN Chal Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry
3 Gabillon Frederic FRA RDV Compétition Toyota Camry
5 Doubek Martin CZE Junior Renauer Motorsport Ford Mustang
8 Caso Dario ITA Chal Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang
9 Ercoli Gianmarco ITA Junior Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang
10 Stipp Marko DEU Chal Racing Total Chevrolet SS
11 Longin Stienes BEL PK Carsport Chevrolet SS
12 Sini Francesco ITA Solaris Motorsport Ford Mustang
18 Labonte Bobby USA RDV Compétition Toyota Camry
24 Kumpen Anthony BEL PK Carsport Chevrolet SS
27 Rogari Angelo ITA Chal BVR Motorsport Ford Mustang
29 Schell Julien FRA Pegasus Racing Chevrolet SS
31 Trione Mauro CHE Chal Race Art – Blu Mot Ford Mustang
32 Iannetta Romain FRA Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang
33 Lasserre Lucas FRA Mishumotors Chevrolet SS
37 Ferrando Thomas FRA Junior Knauf Racing Ford Mustang
40 Abreu Marconi BRA Chal MRT Nocentini Ford Mustang
41 Di Benedetto Davide ITA The Club Motorsports Ford Mustang
44 Hauer Matthias DEU Chal CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS
46 Kunz Justin DEU Junior Racing Total Ford Mustang
50 Hezemans Loris NLD Junior Hendriks Motorsports Ford Mustang
54 Day Alon ISR CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS
56 Tineo Salvador ESP Junior CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS
58 Segdwick Alex GBR Junior MRT Nocentini Ford Mustang
66 Bouchut Christophe FRA Dexwet DF1 Racing Chevrolet SS
73 Boucenna Wilfried FRA Chal Knauf Racing Ford Mustang
77 Graff Alexander SWE Memphis Racing Chevrolet SS
78 De Weerdt Jerry BEL Chal Braxx Racing Ford Mustang
90 Tba Braxx Racing Ford Mustang
91 Goossens Marc BEL Braxx Racing Chevrolet SS

A new champion in the ELITE 2 Division

The 2017 season proved once again that the ELITE 2 Division is among the most exciting and unpredictable competitions in motorsports and the upcoming season promises to live up to this reputation.

Only four drivers – Felipe Rabello, Ulysse Delsaux, Wilfried Boucenna and Guillaume Deflandre – start the season with a win and are poised to take advantage of their experience to score important points in the first events. The same will be true for returning contenders like 2017 runner-up Guillaume Dumarey or Marconi Abreu, Justin Kunz, Maciej Dreszer and Gil Linster.

The ELITE 2 Division field will have the chance to race against veteran NASCAR driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, who will cross the Atlantic to join NWES in Spain and also compete for the Lady Cup.

A record 12 rookies will make their NASCAR debut in Valencia and among them there will be Cycling World Champion Tom Boonen, who chose the European NASCAR series to follow his passion for racing on four wheels. 17-year-old Florian Venturi will come from Formula 4 to lead the charge of the ambitious crop of drivers joining the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for the first time.

NUM ELITE 2 DRIVER NAT TRO TEAM CAR
1 Boix Gil Carmen ESP Lady Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang
2 Miura Kenko JPN Rookie Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry
3 Delsaux Ulysse FRA RDV Compétition Toyota Camry
5 Pampel Maxime BEL Rookie Renauer Motorsport Ford Mustang
8 Risitano Nicholas ITA Rookie Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang
9 Tba Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang
10 Jo Cobb Jennifer USA Rookie, Lady Racing Total Chevrolet SS
11 Rabello Felipe BRA PK Carsport Chevrolet SS
12 Tba Solaris Motorsport Ford Mustang
18 Tba RDV Compétition Toyota Camry
24 Dumarey Guillaume BEL PK Carsport Chevrolet SS
27 Veronesi Pierluigi ITA Rookie BVR Motorsport Ford Mustang
29 Diebolt Jean Claude FRA Rookie, Legend Pegasus Racing Chevrolet SS
31 Parli Francesco CHE Rookie, Legend Race Art – Blu Mot Ford Mustang
32 Venturi Florian FRA Rookie Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang
33 QuintalEric FRA Legend Mishumotors Chevrolet SS
37 Boucenna Wilfried FRA Knauf Racing Ford Mustang
40 Abreu Marconi BRA MRT Nocentini Ford Mustang
41 Lanza Max ITA Rookie The Club Motorsports Ford Mustang
44 Linster Gil LUX CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS
46 Kunz Justin DEU Racing Total Ford Mustang
50 Ceyssens Diederik BEL Rookie, Legend Hendriks Motorsports Ford Mustang
54 Casoli Arianna ITA Lady, Legend CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS
56 Dreszer Maciej POL CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS
58 Tba MRT Nocentini Ford Mustang
66 Sparowitz Clemens AUT Rookie, Legend Dexwet DF1 Racing Chevrolet SS
73 Guiod Paul FRA Knauf Racing Ford Mustang
77 Deflandre Guillaume BEL Memphis Racing Chevrolet SS
78 De Weerdt Jerry BEL Legend Braxx Racing Ford Mustang
90 Bonnet Pedro BEL Rookie Braxx Racing Ford Mustang
91 Boonen Tom BEL Rookie Braxx Racing Chevrolet SS

Trophies: a race inside the race

Trophies are always a great source of close battles and fascinating stories.

In the ELITE 1 Division, with 2017 winner Stienes Longin out of the equation 7 drivers will go for the Junior Trophy, rewarding the best driver aged 25 or less. The Challenger Trophy will see 8 drivers take on defending champion Marconi Abreu for the crown.

In the ELITE 2 Division, the Lady Cup will see defending champion Carmen Boix Gil and Arianna Casoli take on Jennifer Jo Cobb for the win in Valencia and write a new chapter in their rivalry for the final goal. Two-time winner Jerry De Weerdt leads a group of 7 drivers chasing the Legend Trophy, while the 12 newcomers battling for the Rookie Cup will make this special trophy an highlight of each weekend.

Nations Cup

Valencia will also see the debut of the highly anticipated Nations Cup. 18 countries will have at least one driver on the grid, with France being the most represented with 12, followed by Belgium with 10 and Italy with 9.

Race fans, start your engines!