Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Louise Liechtmanager

After a stint in Club Challenge and taking part in the Drivers Recruitment Program, Australia’s Maximilan “Max” Mason will be contesting the EuroNASCAR 2 championship for the full season this year.

Australia’s Maximilan “Max” Mason is joining the EuroNASCAR 2 grid for the full season in 2023. The news came following his participation in the 2023 Drivers Recruitment Program (DRP), which was held on 3 February at EuroNASCAR’s test facility in Circuit de Fontenay-le-Comte.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Louise Liechtmanager

The 16-year old teenager, who began his career in both the regional and national Formula Ford Championship in Australia, secured his EN2 seat after he was selected as the recipient of EuroNASCAR’s Drivers Recruitment Program scholarship. 

The scholarship, which came in the form of a financial boost ranging from 5,000€ to 25,000€, is given to the most promising talents that participated in the DRP to help them secure a full seat in the EuroNASCAR division of their choosing.

Credits: Max Mason Racing International

“The car’s super awesome! I’ve had a little bit of experience in the EuroNASCAR car before, but this circuit is really fun and it suits the car very well. The car’s super fast and super fun, it’s a great experience and it’s something new as I’m not used to this kind of vehicle. I’ve been in formula cars for most of my career, but this is just as fun, if not more!” said Mason to after his participation in the Drivers Recruitment Day.

Mason’s participation in the DRP is not his first time behind the wheel of an EuroNASCAR stock car. Last October, Mason was at Circuit Zolder to take part in the fourth round of the 2022 EuroNASCAR Club Challenge.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric

Driving Racingfuel Motorsport’s No. 58 Chevrolet that was primarily driven by Christoph Lenz in the two main classes, Mason showed promising signs as he finished ahead of the inaugural Club Challenge champion Andreas Kuchelbacher on his debut in stock car racing.

It is currently unknown which team Mason is going to compete for in 2023. What is certain, however, is that Mason is going to become just the second Australian driver to compete in EuroNASCAR’s two main classes.

The only other Aussie to have competed in EuroNASCAR is sports car ace Josh Burdon, who competed in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Burdon, one of the fastest young talents during his time in EuroNASCAR, finished second in the 2013 EuroNASCAR 2 championship after a closely contested title fight with the eventual champion Anthony Gandon.

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