Whelen Motorsports


NWES • June 29, 2015

Takes Third Of The Season, Increases Points Lead

Tours Speedway, France - June 28, 2015 - Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet SS) consolidated his points lead ahead of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series playoffs by scoring a dominant win on the .403-miles of Tours Speedway. The Spaniard notched his third win of the season and the 20th of his NASCAR career and the second at Tours Speedway by beating Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) and Saturday’s race winner Nicolo Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS).

Vilarino started from the pole and brilliantly defended his position through three restarts to lead from flag to flag in the MICHELIN 75. Gabillon - who posted the fastest lap of the race - and Rocca never had the chance to put pressure on the two-time champion and settled for second and third under the checkered flag. The Italian took the win the Junior "Jerome Sarran" Trophy.

"This is amazing! I have to thank my team, they did an unbelievable job! Frederic Gabillon’s done the fastest lap but my car was a bit faster on long runs," said Vilarino. "Congrats to him and to Nicolo, who had a really good week-end. This is the best way to go to the summer break. I’m over the moon! Thanks to TFT."

At the end of an interesting battle with Romain Iannetta (#7 TFT Chevrolet SS) and Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) that saw his repeatedly trying to exploit the outside line, 2014 race winner Mathias Lauda (#66 DF1 Racing Chevrolet SS) ended up a positive fourth ahead of Lietz, who took the win in the Challenger Trophy. Iannetta, Eddie Cheever III (#51 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) and Wilfried Boucenna (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) completed the top-10.

The race saw three caution periods: the first one for debris, the second for a contact involving Kumpen and Bert Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), who also ended up in the episode that triggered the third and final yellow flag of the day.

By winning today, Vilarino increased his points lead on Cheever to 29 points before heading to Magione, Italy for the first round of the playoffs on September 12-13. Gabillon sits in third 41 points back and leads Iannetta, Rocca, Kumpen and Lietz, who is first in the Challenger Trophy.

GDL Racing’s #67 Ford Mustang, driven by Philipp Lietz, leads the Teams standings.