Ander Vilarino back in victory lane
Two-time series champion Ander Vilarino out-dueled Boria Garcia and took the victory in the second NASCAR Whelen Euro race in Valencia, Spain this weekend.
Valencia, Spain - Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT - Banco Santander Chevrolet SS) took his revenge after a difficult Saturday Race by winning the second ELITE 1 race of the Valencia NASCAR Fest ahead of fellow countryman Borja Garcia (#1 Ford Autolix Competition Ford Mustang) and Bert Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS). This is his 14th career NASCAR win.
The 2-time champion started from the pole and drove away after an early restart, but the local hero Garcia managed to keep him in sight and crossed the finish line 2.4 seconds behind him, edging a very consistent Longin, who obtained his second podium finish of the weekend.
Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) came home fourth leading to an all PK Carsport tie at top of the standings and marking a very strong debut for the Belgian team. Kumpen edged Frederic Gabillon (#12 Still Racing Chevrolet Camaro) by just .110 seconds in a close sprint to the finish line. Yesterday’s winner Yann Zimmer (#3 TFT - Moser Vernet Ford Mustang) couldn’t defend the points lead due to a late retirement in today’s race.
The Spanish crowd enjoyed an action-filled race: after a frantic start and an early contact, Eddie Cheever III (#51 Caal Racing Chevrolet SS) charged from the back of the field up to the sixth place, passing Christophe Bouchut (#77 DF-1 Racing by B66 Chevrolet SS) in the last couple of laps and winning the Jerome Sarran Trophy classification. The DF-1 driver finished ahead of his teammate Mathias Lauda (#66 DF-1 Racing by B66 Chevrolet SS) and the Italian Andrea Larini (#22 OverDrive - Buffalo Chevrolet Camaro). Freddy Nordstrom (#44 Still Racing Chevrolet Camaro) completed the top-10.
Guillaume Rousseau (#13 Bull Racing Team Ford Mustang) was the first Challenger in 13th place.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series returns to action on June 7-8 at Brands Hatch, England, for the second edition of the American SpeedFest.
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
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