A circle closed for Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Toyota Camry), who scored his first ever NASCAR podium at Tours Speedway in 2015 and finally found his way to Victory Lane on home soil. The Frenchman perfectly handled four restarts, leading the race flag to flag and edged on the finish lane Justin Kunz (#46 Racing-Total Ford Mustang), who scored his first ever NWES podium. The German driver had the best hand on Pedro Bonnet (#90 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) at the end of a great battle.
Third under the checkered flag, Bonnet was the winner of the Rookie Cup for the first time in his career, perfectly taking advantage of the Cone Rule to place himself at the front and showing a great pace.
“I’m so happy as it is my first ever oval win,” said Delsaux. “In the past it was hard for me here and sometimes we didn’t have a great deal of luck too, but today I was super focused and I won the race. I thank my team for the great job they are doing this weekend! RDV Compétition gave me a fantastic car!”
Kunz made a clever choice after several cautions by taking the right lane in restart and gained many positions with the cone rule and went on to score his first ever podium finish.
“I’m so happy about my first podium in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series”, said Kunz “It was a crazy race with a lot of cautions but that does not matter for me. I finished second and that’s what counts! Finally a podium, I wanted it so much. Racing Total gave me a great car, it was a perfect day for us. Tomorrow I will try to go for the win.”
Youngsters Florian Venturi (#32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang), who was second in the Rookie Cup, and Gil Linster (#44 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) rounded out the top 5 in the ELITE 2 Round 7.
Pierlugi Veronesi (#27 BVR Motorsport Ford Mustang) grabbed the last spot on the Rookie Cup podium by finishing a solid sixth ahead of Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry). Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) was eighth and edged a strong Carmen Boix Gil (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS), who won the Lady Cup. Nicholas Risitano (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) rounded out the top 10.
With the 14th place under the checkered flag, Jerry De Weerdt (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) grabbed the Legend Trophy win ahead of Stephen Young (#10 Racing Total Chevrolet SS), who made his NWES debut at Tours Speedway, and Arianna Casoli (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry).
The ELITE 2 Division will return to action at 9:55 CET on Sunday, July 1st. All races will be streamed live at Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR YouTube channel, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page, motorsport.tv and a lot of websites and Facebook pages around the world.