Whelen Motorsports

First win for Zimmer, Burdon passes Gandon in the standings

NWES • October 01, 2013

MONZA, ITALY – NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers offered a unique show to the Italian Fans in this second and final day of the meeting. In ELITE division Yann Zimmer obtained his first career victory at the end of an extraordinary race. In OPEN, Josh Burdon regains the championship lead with a win.


Run on a track still damp due to a rainy night, the second ELITE race offered an extraordinary show,. After 15 laps worthy of the best NASCAR Sprint Cup races, Swiss Yann Zimmer finally conquered his first career victory and gifted the Overdrive team with a first ELITE division triumph.

Since the start of the race, Ander Vilariño (#2 TFT – Banco Santander), Frédéric Gabillon (#5 Rapido Racing by Still), Yann Zimmer (#33 OverDrive) and Romain Iannetta (#1 RDV Compétition – McDonald’s) gained ground ahead of the pack and exchanged positions several times.

Leading the field for 4 laps before going wide at the Ascari chicane, Gabillon let his fellow countryman Iannetta take the lead until the penultimate lap, when the RDV competition driver went wide at the second Lesmo corner and Zimmer took advantage of the situation to conquer his first career win, a first also for Overdrive in ELITE Division.

Willy Boucenna (#17 Pole Position 81), second Junior behind Zimmer, closed in fifth position ahead of Guillaume Rousseau (#13 Bull Racing Team), first Challenger, Anthony Gandon (#7 TFT – E. Leclerc), Nicolo Rocca (#18 Scorpus Racing / Forza Motorsport), Bruno Cosin (#55 Pole Position 81) and Freddy Nordström (#44 Rapido Racing by Still).


The championship leader since the first round of the season at Nogaro, Josh Burdon (#18 Scorpus Racing / Forza Motorsport) was forced to retire after only 5 laps after a slight contact at the first chicane with Luciano Linossi. His main rival, Anthony Gandon (#7 TFT – E. Leclerc) has so benefited from that to take the lead of the standings after having led from start to the finish.

“It is nice to win at Monza on a mythical track. I have been able to maintain Guillaume behind me and take the win. I am sorry for Josh because I know he had to retire but it is good for my championship,” said the Frenchman after the race.

So Anthony Gandon wins ahead of Guillaume Rousseau (#13 Bull Racing Team), Luigi Moccia (#19 Max Papis Racing), Joaquin Gabarron (#5 Rapido Racing by Still), first gentleman, Luciano Linossi (#33 OverDrive), Enzo Pastor (#3 TFT – Philippines) and Eric Quintal (#2 TFT – Banco Santander).

Léonard Vernet (#22 OverDrive – Moser Vernet) takes the win in the Legend Trophy in front of Jérôme Laurin (#55 Pole Position 81).

Both ELITE and OPEN races are planned at 10:45 and 14:10 on Sunday September 29.