Reigning NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Alon Day overcame two incidents during a wild race to earn his second victory of the season in EuroNASCAR Pro Saturday at Autodrom Most. The Israeli took over the lead after the last brave drivers on slicks decreased to pit lane to mount rain tires and survived a late restart to defend his lead and speed to victory for CAAL Racing.
The winningest driver in EuroNASCAR history was involved during a chaotic first lap incident with Andrea Nori, who tapped the rear of Vittorio Ghirelli. Day fell out of the top-10 but immediately began to gain again. At that time, rain began to fall and Loris Hezemans took the lead. While some drivers opted to return into Hell early, Hezemans, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, Jacques Villeneuve, Nori, Romain Iannetta, and Henri Tuomaala tried to survive on slick tires as long as possible.
Iannetta took the lead but got astray within the downpour and was overtaken by Villeneuve, who was also involved during a first lap incident with Giorgio Maggi during which both went astray. good before the security car was deployed due to Francesco Sini’s car being stuck within the gravel, the previous F-1 champion also came to pit road to mount rain tires.
At that time Day, who was involved in another accident over the course of the race, took over the lead and brought home a surprising win for CAAL Racing. After Brands Hatch, it had been the second victory for Day, who added Autodrom Most to the list of tracks he took a win at. On the last outing in 2019, the Israeli wasn’t ready to finish one race of the NASCAR GP Czech Republic.
“I really don’t know what happened within the first lap,” said Day. “I saw that Villeneuve was tapped then I got bumped from behind and just spun. having the ability to beat that’s just amazing. Immediately when the rain began to fall, the CAAL Racing guys did a tremendous job. They mounted the rain tires and that’s why the win belongs to them! I used to be just a passenger and therefore the conditions were extremely hard because the rain fell down so hard. I thank CAAL Racing, Monster Energy, and everybody’s reception also because of the track watching. I bet it had been a spectacular race for all of you.”
Day’s teammate Gianmarco Ercoli finished second at the wheel of his No. 54 Chevrolet Camaro to finish a CAAL Racing 1-2. The Italian not only topped the Junior Trophy classification but also shortened the gap on championship leader Hezemans, who was eighth under the checkered flag. DF1 Racing’s Marc Goossens, who started from 19th on the grid, stormed to his first podium of the NWES season. The Belgian bested reigning EuroNASCAR 2 champion Vittorio Ghirelli and his teammate Nicolo Rocca, who rounded out the top-five.