FEED Vict Racing co-founder Patrick Lemarié and Simon Pilate announces a shock move to DF1 Racing as both drivers will pilot the No. 66 Chevrolet Camaro in 2021, leaving uncertainties on the future of both FEED Vict Racing and Lasse Sørensen in the series.
Yesterday, DF1 Racing announces that both Patrick Lemarié and Simon Pilate has signed a contract with the team to share duties in driving the No. 66 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2021 season. Both drivers will be moving from FEED Vict Racing after making their series debut in FEED Vict’s No. 6 car last year.
Lemarié, who made his return to on-track competition after 17 years of retirement, finished 17th in the EuroNASCAR PRO standings after scoring two Top-10 finishes and helped carry the No. 6 team to finish 6th in the Teams Championship.
“It is with great enthusiasm and a very high motivation that I am very pleased to announce my engagement with DF1 for this season”, said Lemarié in the official announcement. “After 17 years without racing, my friend Jacques Villeneuve got me out of my retirement last year, and I had great pleasure driving in the NWES Championship.”
I would like to thank team FEED Vict for the past season, my racing appetite is back again, and I am focused on performing well this year and helping my young protégé Simon Pilate, who is very talented, to win the EuroNASCAR 2 title.”
Pilate, who made the step up from karting last year, had a strong debut season that was hampered by numerous bouts of unfortunate on-track incidents. Despite this, a string of Top-10 finishes on the second half of the season landed him an 8th place finish in the EuroNASCAR 2 standings.
“2020 was an amazing year for me, as it was my first ever year in car racing. With the help of FEED Vict, Patrick Lemarié and Jacques Villeneuve I was able to learn an incredible amount of information quickly. Thanks to their help, I rapidly got used to the car and performed”, said Pilate in the official announcement.
“Finishing the season with two rookie podiums, I was ready to continue for the next season. It is with great pleasure that I found this opportunity with DF1 Racing. They are very competitive and I can’t wait to continue this adventure with them and my mentor Patrick Lemarié.”
“I am now working hard to be on top for the first race and to fight for the win. I know that the team will do everything they can to put me in the best position and I will do my best to finalize.”
The announcement of Lemarié and Pilate’s team switch was seen as a surprise for many. With Lemarié leaving the team that he co-founded with Jacques Villeneuve last year and FEED Racing’s presence in the No. 66 car as showcased in the team’s tentative livery above, this has casted doubt on the future of Villeneuve and Lemarié’s collaboration with Dario Caso and Onofrio Veneziani in FEED Vict Racing.
It also casted doubts on Lasse Sørensen’s future in the series as Sørensen, DF1’s star driver for the last two years, is looking likely to leave the team that gave him the opportunity to win the EuroNASCAR 2 title in 2019 and finished second overall in the EuroNASCAR PRO standings last year.
However, it would be safe to assume that a lot of teams would be looking to sign the Danish driver if he were to become a free agent in the 2021 silly season.
Disclaimer: Unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard / Bart Dehaese and DF1 Racing.