It’s time for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Whelen Engineering’s title sponsorship with a record season. The official European NASCAR series will begin May 14-15 at the legendary Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain with a record-setting 37 vehicles entering for the first event of the 2022 season.
With 22 countries represented in the field, NWES stands out — only once again for its diverse and international grid. In both championships-EuroNASCAR PRO for professional and semi-professional drivers and EuroNASCAR 2 for semi-professional and amateur drivers-the battles for titles promise to be thrilling like never before.
In conjunction with the battle for the European NASCAR title, at EuroNASCAR PRO 7 drivers will seek the Junior Trophy for drivers aged 25 and under, while the Challenger Trophy – reserved for silver and bronze drivers at EuroNASCAR’s top tier championship – will have a record grid of 17 participants. At EuroNASCAR 2, all trophies are also setting new records: 15 drivers will compete in the Rookie Trophy, 14 in the Legend Trophy for participants aged 40 and over and 5 will compete for the Lady Trophy.
Who will be the new EuroNASCAR PRO Champion?
Since reigning Champion Loris Hezemans is fully committed to the NASCAR Cup Series in the USA, the three-time Champion Wave Day is the clear favorite in the battle for the title and will be the only past EuroNASCAR PRO Champion on the grid. The Israeli will return with PK Carsport to chase the record-breaking fourth EuroNASCAR championship ring.
The 30-year-old Ashdod native will face intense competition: 2022 runner-up and Junior Trophy winner Gianmarco Ercoli, former EuroNASCAR 2 Champion Vittorio Ghirelli, veterans such as three-time vice-champion Frederic Gabillon, Nicolo Rocca, Marc Goossens, Alexander Graff, Romain Iannetta and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, but also rising stars like Giorgio Maggi and Tobias Dauenhauer and newcomers of Luke Luhr’s caliber.
In the Junior Trophy, 7 drivers will compete for glory: Giorgio Maggi, Tobias Dauenhauer, Aliyyah Koloc, Gustas Grinbergas, Thomas Krasonis, Jonne Rautjärvi and the youngest driver of the series Leonardo Colavita.
The Challenger Trophy will see a record grid of 17 entries. The most winning driver in the special classification is Henri Tuomaala, who will compete for Team Bleekemolen in 2022. The reigning Champion will face former champions Davide Dallara and Dario Caso, EuroNASCAR 2 champion Martin Doubek and a long list of potential winners.
Hot topics in EuroNASCAR 2
With double duty in 2022, Martin Doubek is on the grid with his #7 Mustang to defend his 2021 title against an exploding mix of newcomers and experienced veterans at NASCAR’s most unpredictable championship Whelen Euro Series. Former Champion Ulysse Delsaux, NWES veterans Gil Linster and Advait Deodhar and established competitors like Alberto Panebianco, Leevi Lintukanto and Francesco Garisto certainly have something to say in the 2022 Championship battle, but the season, as always, will deliver many surprises.
With at least 15 competitors, the Rookie Trophy will be an amazing bag, with many potential drivers also aiming for the overall win: newcomers like Liam Hezemans – Loris ’younger brother – Leonardo Colavita, Christoph Lenz , the Koloc twins and YouTube star Alberto Naska is set to surprise thousands of fans on track and in front of TVs. Five women-reigning and four-time Champion Arianna Casoli, Alina Loibnegger, Yasmeen and Aliyyah Koloc as well as Luli Del Castello-will set a new record in the Lady Trophy ranks.
EuroNASCAR 2 is not only focused on young and promising talent but also on Gentleman drivers. All drivers aged 40 and over are competing for the Legend Trophy. Current Champion Max Lanza will climb EuroNASCAR PRO and hand over the scepter to his successor. Michael Bleekemolen – at age 72, the Dutchman is the oldest driver on the track – and his teammate Melvin de Groot, former Champions Casoli and Ian Eric Waden, but also the Marko Stipp Motorsport duo of Yevgen Sokolovskiy and Miguel Gomes are will give their best. to be in the mix. But the strong newcomers of EuroNASCAR can never be counted …
A new record is being made – Alon Day may be the first driver to win 4 EuroNASCAR PRO Championships. The Israeli returns to PK Carsport, the Belgian Powerhouse that helped him win the 2020 NWES Championship.
Another star joined EuroNASCAR – Endurance racing ace Lucas Luhr from Germany will make his EuroNASCAR debut with Racingfuel Motorsports. The Swiss rookie team will rely on Luhr’s talent and experience to reach ground running at EuroNASCAR.
Ten won the track race – Ten different drivers on the EuroNASCAR PRO grid boast wins in one of two NWES championships. Seven of them won the EuroNASCAR PRO, led by Alon Day with 27 wins.
A new Hezeman arrived – While reigning EuroNASCAR PRO Champion Loris Hezemans races in the NASCAR Cup Series in the US, his younger brother Liam Hezemans will return for his first lap in NASCAR at the wheel of the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang.
Buggyra joined the NWES – International powerhouse Buggyra ZM Racing will make its NASCAR debut in Valencia putting up two Mustangs for twin sisters Aliyyah and Yasmeen Koloc. The two will compete in EuroNASCAR 2.
Double duty for five – Five drivers will take on double duty in Valencia, racing in both EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2: Martin Doubek, Yevgen Sokolovskiy, Leonardo Colavita, Aliyyah Koloc and Yannick Panagiotis.