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Lietz Sweeps the Weekend - Elite 2 Race 2

NWES • May 26, 2015

The Austrian Is The First Multiple Winner Of The Season

Raceway Venray, Netherlands - May 24th, 2015 - Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) concluded the Raceway Venray weekend in the best way possible by winning the second ELITE 2 race and completing a clean sweep of the Autospeedway American Style. By winning his third career NASCAR race, the Austrian also became the first multiple winner of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season.

"It’s great! It was a tough race with an hard fight at the beginning. The restart was tricky because I had to be immediately fast, but I didn’t know how much grip we had," said Lietz. But it was big weekend for us, this is our second win of the season, I’m very happy about it. Now I can say I love driving on ovals! I don’t think to the championship yet, but it’s clear I’d like to fight for it!"

Lietz started from the pole position and in the first half of the race he gained some ground on a combative group of drivers, led by Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double T by DAV Racing Chevrolet Camaro), that battled corner after corner for the second position. Ercoli defended the position from the attacks of Florian Renauer (#5 Dexwet Renauer Team Ford Mustang) at first - the Austrian then ended up brushing the wall on lap 21 after losing many spots in traffic - and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), but Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) and Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) were both on their tail and ready to take advantage of any occasion

The yellow flag waved on lap 34 for an accident involving Carole Perrin (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), Nicki Petersen (#44 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) and Francesca Linossi (#99 GDL Racing Ford Mustang). The race director opted for red flag to allow the cleanup of the track and after the race resumed under caution, Ferrando took advantage of the restart with seven laps to overtake Ercoli and take second place behind Lietz under the checkered flag. The Italian ended up third, edging Longin, Tineo Arroyo and Guillaume Deflandre (#77 DF1 Racing Chevrolet SS). The 16-year-old Belgian had the better hand in the battle for seventh over Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang). Maxime Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), Florian Renauer and Eric De Doncker (#98 Insulco Motorsport 98 Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-10, with the latter also leading the Legend Trophy classification.

Stienes Longin won the Rookie Cup classification, while Francesca Linossi (#99 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) brought home the Lady Cup thanks to her 11th place. Thirteenth under the checkered flag, Simone Laureti led in the Gentleman Trophy.

Gianmarcoli Ercoli saved the championship lead thanks to his podium by a single point on Ferrando and Lietz is only four points behind in third position.

As the checkered flag just marked the end of the week-end at Raceway Venray, drivers are already looking forward to one of the most legendary tracks in Europe : Brands Hatch, which will host the third edition of the American Speedfest on June 6-7.

Races will be live streamed on Fanschoice.tv and race fans can follow all updates on hometracks.nascar.com. See you in two weeks race fans!