Whelen Motorsports

Rocca Shines at Tours

NWES • June 29, 2015

Wins Second Race Of The Season From The Pole

Tours Speedway, France - June 27, 2015 - After leading most of the KNAUF 75, Nicolo Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) won from the pole his second race of the 2015 season, affirming himself as one of the best oval racers in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

The Italian succesfully defended the lead on restart four times from the assaults of Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet SS) and Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Ford Mustang) to cross the finish line first for the second time in his career, also leading the Junior "Jerome Sarran" Trophy classification.

"I’m really really happy and I thank all the team for the fantastic car they gave me. The race was difficult because Vilarino and Gabillon were always very near and I never had the chance to breath," said Rocca. "I would like to dedicate this win to my father Marco, because it’s thanks to him if I’m here today."

Gabillon won the battle with Vilarino taking advantage of a small mistake by the Spaniard in turn 2 on lap 45 and ended up second behind the Rocca to score his fifth top-5 of the season. With the third place, Vilarino slightly extended his championship lead on Eddie Cheever III (#51 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) - who ended up sixth under the checkered flag - and also posted the fastest lap of the race to start from the pole on Sunday.

Restart were decisive throughout the field. Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and Mathias Lauda (#66 DF1 Racing Chevrolet SS) completed the top-5. Dominic Tiroch (#99 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) led the Challenger Trophy with the seventh place, just in front of Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang). Freddy Nordström (#44 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) and Hugo Bec (#8 RDV Competition Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-10.

The race saw four caution periods. The first one was triggered by a spin from Stephane Sabates (#55 Whelen - Amai.fr Chevrolet Camaro) on lap 1. The Safety car was again on track on lap 18 to remove some debris, while the third yellow flag waved for a spin by Renzo Calcinati (#68 Dogcooker GDL Racing Chevrolet SS). Fourth and final caution was triggered by a contact between Brands Hatch race winner Romain Iannetta (#7 TFT Chevrolet SS) and Bert Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) that sent the Belgian spinning.

Reigning champion Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) fell victim of a problem with his car and had to retire on lap 59, taking a big hit to his championship hopes.