YSSELSTEYN, Netherlands — Anthony Kumpen delivered the second win of the season for the No. 24 PK Carsport team in Saturday’s Elite 1 division race at Raceway Venray, after a long battle for the lead with Borja Garcia.
The two-time NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion, who led all 50 laps for his ninth career win and third at Venray, edged the Spaniard by just .176 seconds at the checkered flag.
The scenario will be reversed on Sunday, when Garcia will start from the pole alongside Kumpen after setting the fastest lap of the race.
“We started on the pole, led every lap and won the race! It’s what we came here to do, so how can I be any happier?” Kumpen said. “The only thing we couldn’t do today was run the fastest lap time of the race. It would have been nice to start on pole for tomorrow too, but that’s okay. We’ll still start on the front row, which is what we need to do to stay in the hunt for the championship. We may make a few small adjustments for tomorrow.”
“The high line is always fast here and the new track surface allows a driver to race in the middle of the track,” Kumpen added. “Borja tried to pass me a few times down low, but I was able to maintain my position the entire race.”
The Elite 1 pack offered the fans a spectacular show, with side-by-side battles throughout the races.
Alon Day came home third after overtaking his teammate Salvador Tineo Arroyo in the final 10 laps. The Spaniard won the Junior Trophy ahead of Thomas Ferrando, who closed the top-five.
Marconi De Abreu beat Jerry De Weerdt for the Challenger Trophy in sixth, while Stienes Longin, Kenko Miura and Sam Taheri rounded out the top 10.
Early contact that led to the first caution of the race took both Frederic Gabillon and Longin, who were battling for second place when they got together, out of contention for the win.
Gabillon ended up 11th, four laps down.
Full race results can be viewed on the next page…