In his post-Valencia press release, DF1 Racing’s Justin Kunz declares his 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series campaign as a “very successful” season for him after finishing third in the Junior Trophy classifications and 10th in the overall standings.
Justin Kunz’s describes his 2020 season campaign as “very successful” as he managed to make a successful return to NASCAR Whelen Euro Series’ top EuroNASCAR PRO division this year after briefly returning to EuroNASCAR 2 last year.
After a very slow start to the season due to persistent mechanical issues in his No. 99 Chevrolet throughout the opening weekend at Vallelunga, Kunz scored his first Top-10 finish of the season on the next round at Zolder and went on to score 5 Top-10 finishes on his way to finish 10th in the overall standings, including a career-best 6th place finish in Race 2 at Rijeka.
He also finished third in the Junior Trophy classifications, beating Giorgio Maggi by a mere 3 points to secure the final podium spot in the Junior Trophy classifications.
“My season has been very successful and I’m absolutely happy with the results,” said Kunz in his press release. “I finished third in the Junior Trophy and finished in the top 10 of the EuroNASCAR PRO Championship.”
“It was my first full year in the top NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship and the level is obviously much higher than in the EuroNASCAR 2 Series. You just have to look at the names that are racing in the PRO championship. That’s why I’m very happy with the top-10 result. I thank my team DF1 Racing for the great work and my partners as well as fans for the support.”
Kunz’s 2020 season showcased an improvement on his results in Euro Series’ top class, as he never scored a Top-10 finish in his previous full-time campaign in 2018 despite finishing 11th in the overall standings that year.
Kunz has now switched his focus on preparing himself for the 2021 season, which his media team suggests that it’ll be tough for drivers like him to present their plans early given that the COVID-19 pandemic is still taking its toll throughout the world.
“The end of the season marks the start of the planning for 2021. The Coronavirus pandemic makes it difficult for racing drivers like Kunz to present new plans early on. The racer from Appenweier hopes to take the next important step in his motorsport career,” as said in the press release.
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