Whelen Motorsports

Tineo Scores Maiden Win

NWES • September 14, 2015

Sixth Different Winner, ELITE 2 Battle Tightens Up

Magione, Italy - September 13, 2015 - Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#51 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) scored the first win of his NASCAR career and took the second position in the ELITE 2 Division classification. He’s the sixth different winner of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season and also the fourth different CAAL Racing driver to climb on the first step of the podium between the two division.

"I’m very happy because it is my first win in NASCAR. We worked hard all weekend long and I want to thank everyone and this is a special day for us and my friends. We’re still fighting for the championship and I’m confident we can still win it," said the 21-year-old from San Pedro de Alcántara, Spain.

Tineo Arroyo started third and took advantage of a contact between Knauf Racing driver Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) and Bart Van Haeren (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) at turn two in the first lap. Tineo took the lead and never cracked under the pressure Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) constantly applied on him througout the race.The Spaniard also won the Rookie Cup classification. Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) finished third under the checkered flag for his fifth top-5 of the season.

After starting eight, Brandon Gdovic (#46 Precision Performance Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) climbed up to the fourth place for the second time in the ELITE 2 Division, thanks to a consistent pace that allowed him to just one second far from the podium. Gdovic will take part of the ELITE 1 Race 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double T by MRT Nocentini Chevrolet Camaro) scored important points by taking the fifth position in front of his teammate Roberto Benedetti (#12 Double T by MRT Nocentini Chevrolet Camaro), who led the Gentleman Trophy classification.

Florian Renauer (#5 Dexwet Renauer Team Ford Mustang) started last, but managed to end up seventh, edging Lady Cup classification leader Francesca Linossi (#99 GDL Racing Ford Mustang), Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Ford Mustang) and Carole Perrin (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), who rounded out the top 10.

Leonard Vernet (#2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet SS) won the Legend Trophy thanks to his sixteenth position overall.

ELITE 2 drivers are now already thinking of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Finals in Zolder (October 3-4). Philipp Lietz is the new ELITE 2 Division leader, in front of Salvador Tineo Arroyo and Thomas Ferrando, as many drivers are still in contention.

ELITE 1 Semi Final 2 will start at 2:30pm CET (8:30 ET) and will be live streamed on fanschoice.tv http://bit.ly/nweslive Live text updates will be available on NASCAR Home Tracks on the Race Central Live page http://bit.ly/R5X15RCL