Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

Liam Hezemans, the reigning EuroNASCAR 2 champion, will be staying at Hendriks Motorsport’s No. 50 Toyota team as he makes the full-time move to EuroNASCAR PRO in 2023.

Liam Hezemans will be competing with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series elite’s in 2023. The reigning EuroNASCAR 2 champion announced yesterday that he will be stepping up to the EuroNASCAR PRO division for the full season this year.

Liam, the younger brother of two-time EuroNASCAR champion Loris Hezemans, will be staying at Hendriks Motorsport’s No. 50 Toyota Camry team for the 2023 season campaign.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric

“The goal is to repeat what we did last year and try to win the championship again,” said Liam to “That’s the main goal, of course. The step into EuroNASCAR PRO is a challenging step, but I think we’re well prepared, both on my side and as a team.”

For a driver that had only competed in his first full season in car racing last year, Liam had already built up an impressive resume in EuroNASCAR. He made his EuroNASCAR debut in 2022 to compete in the EuroNASCAR 2 division and was crowned as the junior division’s champion after he bested YouTube sensation Alberto Naska in a closely contested title fight that went to the wire on the final round at Rijeka.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

He also made an unexpected debut in the EuroNASCAR PRO class at Brands Hatch when Hendriks drafted him as the replacement for Tobias Dauenhauer, who was unable to compete due to being tested positive for COVID-19. When sponsorship issues forced Dauenhauer to sit out the rest of the season, Liam was entrusted by Hendriks to race the No. 50 car as a double duty competitor starting from Vallelunga.

His debut year in the top class was a tough one as he suffered four retirements and was involved in incidents that thwarted several podium opportunities. Despite this, Liam’s efforts were enough to help Hendriks claim their fourth consecutive Teams Championship title.

Liam’s announcement meant that he will be joining Anthony Kumpen, Vladimiros Tziortzis, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, and Max Lanza as the drivers that have confirmed their plans to compete in EuroNASCAR’s top class for 2023. The season will begin on 6 May with the Valencia NASCAR Fest at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

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