NASCAR GP Belgium once again features 25 participating cars as a total of 44 drivers across EuroNASCAR PRO, EuroNASCAR 2, and EuroNASCAR Club Challenge will be ready to take part in the second round of the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season.
Yesterday, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series announced the preliminary Entry List for the second round of the 2020 season, NASCAR GP Belgium at Circuit Zolder. Previously the last round of the EuroNASCAR season for the last five years, Zolder was initially scheduled to be the sixth round of 2020 before COVID-19 schedule changes meant that it became the second round instead.
Like in Vallelunga, 25 cars will be entered to Zolder as a total of 44 drivers plans to take part next weekend. EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 both will have at least 21 drivers planned to take part, while EuroNASCAR Club Challenge kicks off their 2020 season with 6 drivers, 4 of them being drivers that are also planning to take part in the two main classes.
Once again, the 9 teams listed in the season Entry List that did not enter at Vallelunga will not enter at Zolder as PK Carsport will be entering a third car for this weekend. The No. 43 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro, a car that we discussed about last month on what its intended purpose, is going to be entered as a third car that will be driven by Pol van Pollaert in EuroNASCAR 2.
EuroNASCAR PRO class will be seeing minimal changes with only two confirmed changes in the grid for Zolder. Davide Dallara is now entered as Not Only Motorsport’s PRO class driver after he replaced Fabio Spatafora moments before the races at Vallelunga, while Evgeny Sokolovsky will be returning in the No. 46 MSM Camaro after he was forced to switch to its sister No. 48 car due to the heavy damage suffered by No. 46 car in the EuroNASCAR 2 races at Vallelunga.
More changes will be seen in EuroNASCAR 2, as two drivers are entered in Euro Series’ junior class Entry List for the first time this year – van Pollaert and Igor Romanov, who will be replacing Davide Dallara in the Not Only Motorsport No. 89 EN2 seat.
Martin Doubek is scheduled to race the No. 7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford after he was forced to miss Vallelunga after he was tested positive for COVID-19. Matthias Hauer also plans to make his first start in 2020 at Zolder after he didn’t take part in Vallelunga despite being entered in the Entry List.
Kris Richard is currently not listed in the Entry List, although it is expected that the Swiss driver will be returning to Zolder as MSM signed Richard to replace Kenko Miura for the first two rounds of 2020.
Two drivers – Alex Ciompi and Marcel Lenerz – also weren’t listed in the preliminary Entry List for Zolder. Its particularly jarring for Lenerz, as he was signed by DF1 to race their No. 99 Camaro for the full season in the EuroNASCAR 2 class earlier this year.
For EuroNASCAR Club Challenge, Alain Mosqueron and Gordon Barnes will be making their first appearances of the year while Igor Romanov will not enter the Club Challenge class to focus himself with his incoming EuroNASCAR 2 debut instead.
Four drivers – Vladimiros Tziortzis, Julia Landauer, Bernardo Manfre, and Francesco Garisto – are planning to make a double duty appearance in Club Challenge for Zolder as they will be looking to gain extra experience by taking part in Euro Series’ regularity-based class.
Disclaimer: Unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard.