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Alain Mosqueron wins the Club Challenge of the NASCAR GP of Croatia – Thomas Blumberger makes a solid debut at the wheel of a EuroNASCAR car – Frank Riedel drives in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship for the first time and steps on the Legend Trophy podium
In the Club Challenge – the regulatory based challenge of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – the current champion and DF1 Tiger Alain Mosqueron celebrated his first victory of the season. After his second place at the season opener in Zolder, the Frenchman showed why he was able to win the title brilliantly in 2019. In the two 30-minute sessions, Mosqueron showed his strong consistency and came closest to the setting time. In the overall standings, he is now in second place, six points behind Francesco Monti.
“I wanted my revenge for Zolder, where Federico was really consistent,” Mosqueron said after his first Club Challenge season victory. “I really wanted to win here at the Automotodrom Grobnik. The track, which was new for all of us, is very fast and I liked it right from the start. There are some small bumps and fast corners where you have to be careful. I managed to be fast and consistent during the timed sessions. I am happy to be back in Victory Lane and I thank my team for the great car. It was a great day for all of us at DF1 Racing”.
Munich driver Thomas Blumberger made his debut at the wheel of the pure DF1 Racing Chevrolet in the Club Challenge. In three 30-minute sessions, he learned to tame the 400 horsepowers. Blumberger cut a good figure from the first second on and finally finished fourth.
“I’m really flashed because I never thought that I would be so impressed by this NASCAR driving,” said Blumberger. “I enjoyed every minute at the wheel of the #22 car and these sessions are definitely one of my best experiences in the past years. I can only recommend anyone who loves motorsports and has a certain amount of racing experience to give it a try”.
For the multiple Histo-Cup champion Frank Riedel the race weekend at the Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia was a very special premiere with DF1 Racing. The German started for the first time in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship for young talents and gentleman drivers.
Prior to this, Riedel had gained his first experience in a powerful V8 monster of the NWES at the Circuit Zolder in the Club Challenge. On his debut for DF1 Racing he narrowly missed out on a podium. At the Automotodrom Grobnik the Bavarian then tried his hand at the competitive EuroNASCAR 2 championship, with flying colors!
At the Croatian Riviera, Riedel was getting closer to the limit of his #99 Chevrolet Camaro step by step and then impressed in qualifying with a solid 15th place.
In the first race, he made up two places and secured third place in the Legend Trophy for drivers aged 40 and older in 13th place. In the second race Riedel started from 14th thanks to his best lap time in the first round and stayed in this position. This was enough for a second place in the Legend Trophy. The 67-year-old secured two trophies at his EuroNASCAR 2 debut, a strong performance!
“It was my first race in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship and I am thrilled,” said Riedel. “I’ve been racing GTs for 40 years and I have to say that the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is serious. As an older driver, I found it difficult to compete against the young talents, especially since it was my first time in the championship in that car. It was a real challenge and the championship is on a high level. I am very satisfied with my performance and the two Legend Trophy podiums. I wanted to finish safely and I did. The EuroNASCAR is great fun and I thank the whole DF1 Racing team for the opportunity.”
The next stop for the current Club Challenge Champion Alain Mosqueron and the other DF1 Tigers is Valencia, Spain. From December 3-6, the final races of the 2020 NWES season will be held at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. DF1 Racing still has every chance of winning the titles in both the EuroNASCAR PRO championship and Club Challenge. The team from Austria is already working hard to prepare the Chevrolets perfectly for the decisive races.