In his rookie season in 2019 the young Scotsman Ben Creanor was the youngest driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Originally he comes from Sim Racing and right now he is driving the #33 of Mishumotors in the EuroNASCAR Esports Series. After the prologue in Daytona last week, the season of the ENES officially started at Brands Hatch.
The final heat with 36 drivers on the almost 2km long Indy-circuit of Brands Hatch meant a very interesting race for the spectators, for a lot of the drivers it meant a lot of stress on the short track. Ben Creanor, one of the experienced sim racers in the field, was constantly in the Top 10, but from time to time he was having problems with his colleagues. “The race was chaotic, but to survive and finish P7 despite being hit off the road 3 times is good enough for me, so I’m pleased with that result”, he told Threewide.
His first season in a real race car was one of up and downs, during the second half of the season he was able to show what people can expect of him in the future. When driving in the ENES, for the first time in his rather short career in the NASCAR he does not have any disadvantages due to a lack of experience. “Having experience in Sim Racing is absolutely to my advantage in the ENES right now. It’s allowing me to compete at the front of the pack when last year my lack of experience and the cars reliability issues prevented me from doing so. Obviously we got a glimpse of what happens when it all comes together when the last 2 weekends rolled around. With good results in Hockenheim and Zolder, but from my point of view I am happy that Team FJ and Euro NASCAR have taken the decision the host a virtual series. It keeps us racing and mixes up the order.”
Although he has no cockpit for the upcoming NWES season, Creanor, powered by LuxSim24 and Team HARD Racing, is driving the #33 of Mishumotors in the ENES. “For the ENES I was asked to fill the seat in the 33 and as it keeps me racing with NASCAR it’s something I’m more than happy to do. But it has no link to anything that may come of the future between myself and the team.” Due to the Corona-pandemic his plans for 2020 have come to a halt.
“My racing this year is complicated. The plan originally was to race. And whilst not yet finalised, another year in the 33 looked possible but was nowhere near being confirmed. The sponsor deals I was organising, 2 of which were ever so close to being confirmed, all collapsed when the UK was placed in lock down. So as much as I would love to race this year, it seems unlikely and is something now unfortunately completely out of my control.”
For his return to the real racing, the 17 years old Scotsman has a clear goal. “I don’t expect to leave the front pack for the midfield. I know I can now be a front runner. When we got it right last year the 33 was a dream to drive and if I can get a car that performs as well as that every race then I believe I will have what it takes to challenge at the front. I’ve come along way as a driver and look forward to reminding everyone not to turn their backs on Esports as it is a viable way into Motorsport”
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