The battle for the Euro NASCAR title at Circuit Zolder on October 20-21 will be a fan’s dream. Four drivers, separated by just 12 points, with no other option than to win to become the 2018 European NASCAR Champion. This kind of strategy seems to suit reigning Champion Alon Day perfectly as the Israeli is chasing his second consecutive title, a feat previously accomplished only by Ander Vilarino.
There’s no hesitation in Day’s voice as he talks about his expectations for the Finals.
“I’m racing to win. Pressure or no pressure it doesn’t matter. I’m expecting myself to win every race I take part in. I don’t think very much about the championship,” said the Israeli, who sits second in points, 2 marks behind Lucas Lasserre, 2 ahead of Frederic Gabillon and 10 ahead of Loris Hezemans. “Or better, of course I do, but I try to focus mostly on the here and now, on winning both races and possibly avoid the mistake I made in Hockenheim. I know how to win at Zolder, I’m prepared and I’m sure my team will be too.”
Day’s 2018 season has been as stellar as ever. The CAAL Racing driver got three straight wins at the beginning of the season before being disqualified from the fourth one at Franciacorta – he had crossed the finish line first – due to a non-conformity of his #54 Chevrolet. The Israeli rebounded with his first win on oval at Tours and another one in the crazy Semi Final weekend in Germany.
At Hockenheim Day almost threw his championship hopes away on the last lap of the Saturday race, when he went for a pass on the leader Loris Hezemans but ended up spinning. It took him a perfect Sunday race, which he led from flag to flag under constant pressure from Hezemans, to put himself back in contention, but there’s absolutely no regret in Days mind.
“We’re not racing for points, we’re racing for wins. I saw the opportunity to win and I went for it. Just that, I only thought about the win. As a legend of the sport said: ‘you win some, you lose some, you wreck some’,” the Tel-Aviv resident said. “I knew Loris had a quicker car that weekend. I knew I had to defend from the first lap to the last one. He drove an extremely good race and I really appreciate the fact that he was really fair. It was very nice of him and it’s not easy when you know you’re faster.”
With 15 wins and 25 podiums in 46 races and three victories at Zolder, Day definitely knows what it takes to grab the checkered flag at the historic Belgian track and is not focusing on the rollercoaster season that led to a four-way battle for the Euro NASCAR title. He’s concentrating only on himself.
“Zolder requires less power than Hockenheim, but there are lots of chicanes and opportunities to make mistakes and the track doesn’t forgive you. One mistake and you’re done. CAAL Racing always gave me a great car there, so I hope my Chevy will be as good as anybody else’s car if not the best one there,” said Day. “I’m not thinking about my opponents. I’ll just race!”
The final event of the 2018 NWES season is going to be huge for the fans, both those at the track and those following the weekend live on their device thanks to the official live streaming service.
“Oh yes! If I see it from a fans’ point of view, I’m not going to miss it, either in person or through the NWES live stream. It’s going to be full-throttle, exciting, angry NASCAR racing from the start to finish, a true must-see!” concluded the 2017 Euro NASCAR Champion.