Solaris Motorsport ends the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season with their best performance in the series so far as the team claimed fourth place in the Teams Championship at the conclusion of last weekend’s Valencia Super Speedweek.
Solaris Motorsport ends their third season in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in strong fashion as the team claimed fourth place at the end of Valencia Super Speedweek to claim their best finish in the Teams Championship so far.
Valencia Super Speedweek started off slow for Sini, as he finished the first out of the four races at Valencia in 16th place after a mechanical issue in the first lap forced him to made an unscheduled stop.
Fortunately, things went better for Sini as he secured two 10th place finishes in the next two races before grabbing a 5th place finish in the final EuroNASCAR PRO class race of the season to secure Sini’s first Top-5 finish since his podium at Brands Hatch two years ago.
Sini’s consistency throughout the season would allow him to finish 7th in the final standings, the best championship finish of his EuroNASCAR career.
As for Risitano, he enjoyed one of the best performances in his Euro Series career so far as he had pace to contend for the podium all-weekend long. The results, however, doesn’t showcase what Risitano is capable of at Valencia: Collision damage forced him to retire from Race 2, while he lost a chance for a podium finish in Race 3 after Dylan Derdaele spun him out on the second lap of the race.
Two podium finishes and a recovery drive to a 5th place finish in Race 3 meant that Risitano ends the season with 5 podium finishes and a total of 8 Top-10 finishes, Risitano’s best season statistic-wise despite only finishing 6th in the final EuroNASCAR 2 standings, one place lower than his 2019 standings results.
Valencia Super Speedweek also proved to be an emotional weekend for Risitano, as the possibility of him being ruled out from competing due to the pandemic travel restrictions meant that he was forced to be away from his family and more importantly, his son over the course of the 2020 season.
Throughout the course of the weekend, Risitano carried a shirt that says “Amore Tranquillo! Papa’ Torna Presto a Prenderti a Casa!”. The shirt, which meant “Quiet Love! Daddy Will Be Home Soon!” and was carried by Risitano during his two podium finishes at Valencia, signifies Risitano’s love to his son as he wants to tell him that Risitano will be back home to spend his time with his family once again after the events of Valencia Super Speedweek.
Sini and Risitano’s strong performance at Valencia allowed the No. 12 team to move up from sixth to fourth in the Teams Championship, finishing just 8 points off from the final podium spot in the Teams Championship that ultimately went to PK Carsport’s No. 11 team.
Disclaimer: This article is based upon Solaris Motorsport’s official press release post-Valencia and unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard.