NWES • October 08, 2013
BLOIS, France - The Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans welcomes on October 12-13 the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series grand-finale. At the end of a hard fought season, everything is yet to be decided, both in EIlte and Open Division as well as in the Trophies. With doubled points awarded in the playoffs, the title contenders can't afford one single mistake, making the French week-end more exciting than ever!
Two weeks after visiting the historic Italian Autodromo di Monza for the semi-finals, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will make its final stop of the season at another legendary European track. As it has become a tradition in the last few years, the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans represents the ideal playground to host the final challenge between the championships contenders. All the titles of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be decided in this final week-end that promises to be more thrilling than ever.
Even if the battle for the Elite Division Championship seems restricted to the top three drivers, the 192 points still to be awarded in the final two races leave a lot of possible scenarios open. At the top of the standings, Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT Banco Santander) expanded his lead on Frederic Gabillon (#5 Rapido Racing by Still) by 6 points thanks to his win in Italy, raising the total to 34 lengths. Yann Zimmer (#33 OverDrive), who reached his first career win in Monza at the end of an unforgettable race, is just one point behind the Frenchman and has a bigger advantage in the Junion classification. Further behind in fourth place is Romain Iannetta (#1 RDV Competition), 92 points far from the lead and preceding his fellow countryman Anthony Gandon (#7 TFT-E.Leclerc), who rounds up the top-5.
Despite their chances being reduced by their points disadvantage, 13 drivers are still mathematically in contention for the title, because the last one - Nathalie Maillet (#46 Racing Club Partner) - is 177 points far from the leader. She is preceded by Anthony Garbarino (#3 TFT-Alpes Carrelage), Freddy NordstrÃ¶m (#44 Rapido Racing by Still), NicolÃ² Rocca (#18 Scorpus Racing-Forza Motorsport), Bruno Cosin (#55 Pole Position 81), Guillaume Rousseau (#13 Bull Racing Team), Willy Boucenna (#17 Pole Position 81) and Stéphane Jaggi (#22 OverDrive-Moser Vernet), respectively 6th to 12th in the standings.
The Open Division title hunt is likewise exciting and two drivers have and advantage over the rest of the field: the Australian Josh Burdon (#18 Scorpus Racing / Forza Motorsport) and the Frenchman Anthony Gandon (#7 TFT-E.Leclerc). In Monza the late took temporarily the leadership with a win in Race 1, but his rival fought back and won Race 2 to enter the finals with a 2 points advantage. Still well in contention are Julien Goupy (#44 Rapido racing By Still), winner of one race on the Tours oval, and Guillaume Rousseau (#13 Bull Racing Team), both very fast on every track. Gabriele Volpato (#64 Gonneau Racing) finally closes the top-5, 71 points down on Burdon.
In the Junior Trophy Yann Zimmer (#33 OverDrive) brought his advantage to 75 points. Thanks to his strong performance in Monza, Anthony Gandon (#7 TFT-E.Leclerc) moved to second place, overtaking both Anthony Garbarino (#3 TFT-Alpes Carrelages) and Freddy NordstrÃ¶m (#44 Rapido Racing by Still), now respectively third and fourth.
In the Challenger Trophy, Bruno Cosin (#55 Pole Position 81) saw his margin reduce to just one point over Guillaume Rousseau (#13 Bull Racing Team) and Stéphane Jaggi (#22 OverDrive-Moser Vernet) rounds up the top-3 with a 20 points gap.
In the Open Division, Joaquin Gabarron (#5 Rapido Racing by Still) is still dominating the Gentleman Trophy with a 37 points margin over Eric Quintal (#2 TFT-Banco Santander). Christophe de Fierlant (#46 Racing Club Partners) is in third position. Jéome Laurin (#55 Pole Position 81) leads the Legend Trophy ahead of Léonard Vernet (#22 OverDrive-Moser Vernet) by just 4 points, while Didier Bec (#8 RDV Competition) is third.
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