NWES: Back on Top; Vilarino Scores Wire-to-Wire Win in Race 2 at Valencia

RaceChaser Staff International, NASCAR 0 Comments

April 13, 2014 — official release — Stephane Azemard photo — 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).

The victory was Vilarino’s first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) win of 2014 and his 14th career NWES triumph.

“Today was a great race, it’s been fantastic,” Vilarino said in Victory Lane. “Thanks to the team for the great job they did this week-end. At the end, we managed to have this win. For me it’s a very special win because yesterday I received a call from home telling me my little daughter broke her arm. My wife thought to go home, but finally she’s here and now I just want to go back home.”

The 2-time champion started from the pole and drove away after an early restart, but local hero Garcia managed to keep him in sight and crossed the finish line 2.4 seconds behind him. Garcia edged a very consistent Longin, who obtained his second podium finish of the weekend.

Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) came home fourth, creating 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) could not defend his points lead after retiring late in today’s race.

The Spanish crowd enjoyed an action-filled race after a frantic start and 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 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.

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