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In 2018, the French kart driver Alain Mosqueron received an invitation for the Drivers Recruitment Program of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. He had the possibility to test the EuroNASCAR-cars at the French track at Fontenay Le Comte and left an impression on the organization of the EuroNASCAR. For the season 2019, he received a scholarship for the EuroNASCAR Club Challenge and got a seat in the #99 of the austrian team DF1 Racing. In his very first season in car racing, he managed to win the title.
The EuroNASCAR Club is the third division of the EuroNASCAR and made for drivers with no or only few experience in racing. The runs are not about speed and being the quickest, instead drivers shall have the possibility to test their skills and the cars in a relatively safe and cheap environment in order to find out if the NASCAR suits them.
The EuroNASCAR Club Challenge joins the EuroNASCAR at 4 out of 7 race weekends. A race day consists of 3 sessions. The first one is a free practice, so that the drivers can get to know the track. Session 2 and 3 count for the championship and are added for the podium. There is a set up time for each track which the drivers should drive exactly as possible without being quicker.
His first season was something very special for Alain Mosqueron, not least because he managed to win the title in the EuroNASCAR Club. Before his first race, he was extremely nervous. “I only had little experience with the car, I only tested it twice during the Drivers Recruitment Program at Fontenay Le Comte. And I didn’t know the track at Valencia”, Mosqueron said in an interview with Threewide. His goal for his first race was to leave a good impression to his new team DF1 Racing and to not make any mistakes. With P5 and P4 he had a solid start into his first NASCAR season.
In Franciacorta he was less nervous and finished session 2 on P3 and session 3 on P4. After Franciacorta he was third in the championship.
After a summer break of 4 months the EuroNASCAR Club returned to Hockenheim. After Valencia, it was the second exciting weekend of the season. “I had some problems with my #99 Camaro. We lost power at the back straight and I had to stop the car. The radio didn’t work either. While standing off the track, I was thinking that my title hopes are fading”, the likeable French said. “My team did an amazing job. Extremely impressive for me was that not only my crew, but also the crew of the #66 helped to get me back on track. The whole team saved my hopes for the title!” With P2 and P5 he still achieved P3 on the podium for the round at Hockenheim and managed to gain one point on Giovanni Trione, who was leading in the championship.
With 8 points behind Trione he arrived at the season finals in Zolder. “I was extremely motivated for the last race. I told my team DF1 Racing before the weekend, that I would arrive in Zolder very prepared and motivated and that I knew we could make something big possible”, Mosqueron told Threewide. He confirmed his impression on the iconic track ilat Zolder. In the second session he was only 0,007 seconds slower than the set up time and made up 7 points on Trione. In the last session of the season, Callum Cripps had the closest time in front of an extremely happy Alain Mosqueron. He did not only win his first round but also managed to win the title of the EuroNASCAR Club Challenge. “It was a perfect day! I guess it was the best race in my life. I was very focused, I knew that I had to make up points on Giovanni Trione”, Mosqueron said. “the whole team worked pretty hard and provided me with a very good car. It was an amazing feeling to be crowned as champion in the city centre of Zolder. It was definitely one of the best moments of my life!”
The second highlight of his first season was the trip to the NASCAR Awards in Charlotte. Together with his team mate Lasse Sørensen, winner of the EuroNASCAR 2, DF1 Racing chef Norbert Walchhofer, mechanic Marco Reimer, the EuroNASCAR Pro-winner Loris Hezemans, team members of Hendriks Motorsport, the winneroof the Challenger-Trophy Henri Tuomaala, the winnerof the Legends-Trophy Ian Eric Wadén as well as Jérôme and Anne Galpin he had an unforgettable weekend in Charlotte. The personal highlight for Alain Mosqueron, who is a fan of NASCAR and tries at least to watch every race, was the visit to Hendrick Motorsports. “I’m a big fan of Jeff Gordon, for me visiting Hendrick was a dream come true! I really enjoyed it and will remember it forever!” The ceremony in the NASCAR Hall of Fame was special for him as well. “The Awards and the red carpet were really impressive, I enjoyed it very much!” Mosqueron said. “I’m keen on going there again. My goal for 2020 is to defend my title in the EuroNASCAR Club Challenge. For the future I want to come back to Charlotte as champion of the EuroNASCAR 2!”