The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers will find a different Autodromo di Franciacorta on May when they’ll hit the track for the second event of the 2018 season for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in Italy.
The tight left-handed turn-5 chicane has been replaced by a fast bend to the left that blends into a technical right-handed turn 6. The second sector of the Autodromo Daniel Bonara will be at least 1 second faster and the entry of the turn-7 hairpin will also become a lot more challenging. Track length decreases from 2,519 Km to 2,504 Km.
“We are always looking at ways to improved the show and for the second edition of the event we wanted to make the track even more spectacular,” said Franciacorta’s Sporting Director Francesco Tartamella. “The new turns will improve the flow of the track and pose new challenges to the drivers. We are sure that together with the many new attractions we have scheduled, from freestyle motocross to an acrobatic airplane exhibition and an international food court, the American NASCAR Weekend will be unforgettable!”
Several teams had the chance to test the new track in its new configuration in the weeks leading tho the NASCAR GP of Italy. Among theme were PK Carsport, CAAL Racing, The Club Motorsport and Solaris Motorsport.
Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS): “I like the new configuration. The entry is a lot faster and then the turn closes up to the right and it will be easy to make a mistake and enter too fast, loosing your braking point for the hairpin. It will make for some very interesting races. I want to get my first win of the season in Italy!”
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Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS): “It’s really an improvement, the track is more fluid and varied. It’s faster and the braking after the corner is difficult, the drivers will have to work a lot there and the level of aggressiveness will be high. We were strong last year and the goal is to get on the podium again.”
Gil Linster (#44 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS): “I like it! It’s much faster than before and definitely funny to drive, but I think for overtaking it will be hard, you’ll have to take advantage of other drivers’ mistakes there. I hope to stay out of trouble and get a nice top-10 finish.”
Max Lanza (#41 The Club Motorsport Ford Mustang): “The new section is quite technical because you have to avoid unsettling the car as much as you can to brake with your wheels straight for the next corner. I made a mistake and went off track there, so I can grant you it’s not going to be easy. It will be interesting and we look for a top-10 finish.”
Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS): “That part of the track is better than with the old chicane and I hope it will lead to more action because that’s what the spectators love to see! The autodromo is still a very demanding track for both man and machine and I’m looking forward to return to Italy.”
Felipe Rabello (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS): “I only took a couple of laps with the new configuration, but I think it will make the race even more challenging. It will be hard to overtake there. I hope to get back into title contention after a bad weekend in Valencia.”
Francesco Sini (#12 Solaris Motorsport Ford Mustang): “I think the new configuration suits our cars much better and allows the drivers to unleash more power on the back part of the track. We worked on the car and we understand it much better now, so we’re confident we can fight for a top-5.”