Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Steven van Eckeren

Luxembourg driver Gil Linster will be joining Hendriks Motorsport to challenge for the EuroNASCAR 2 title in the No. 50 Binance Toyota Camry.

Gil Linster will be the driver that completes the roster for four-time EuroNASCAR Teams Champion Hendriks Motorsport after it was announced on 8 April 2023 that the Luxembourger will be joining the Dutch team as the new EuroNASCAR 2 driver of the No. 50 Toyota Camry.

Linster, who will be bringing in sponsorship from both crypto company Binance and American drinks company Celsius, is looking to improve on what he has achieved last year. 

In 2022, Linster secured his first pole position and first podium finish in the fifth round at Circuit Zolder. The 29-year old driver is hoping that he will be able to build upon these results with a title challenge with his new team.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Hendriks Motorsport

“I’m competing with the best team in EuroNASCAR history and teaming up with Liam Hezemans, the reigning EuroNASCAR 2 champion, will bring out the best in me,” said Linster to  

“My goal is to win the championship, fight for wins and finish in the top-5 consistently. We are going for the title, nothing less! I want to thank Hendriks Motorsport and Toine Hezemans for the opportunity. Together we have all what it takes to get to the top.”

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Linster made his EuroNASCAR debut with CAAL Racing in 2017, where he finished ninth in the EuroNASCAR 2 standings after scoring four top-5’s and eight top-10 finishes. He improved on what he achieved in the following year as he finished fifth in the standings, which still stands as his best championship finish to date.

The Luxembourger then moved to the United States to compete in late models before he returned to Europe in 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a part-time season with DF1 Racing, he returned to full-time competition with CAAL in 2022.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric

Partnering series rookies Alberto Naska and Luli del Castello, the 2022 season was an up and down year for Linster. Despite scoring his first podium and first pole position, three finishes outside of the top-20 relegated Linster to eleventh in the standings.

While Linster has recently returned to the United States with his recent participation in February’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, EuroNASCAR will be his main focus for this year. According to Linster, the competitive spirit and exciting race weekend is what entices him to make a full-time return in 2023.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Steven van Eckeren

“The fans and the pure racing of EuroNASCAR are just fantastic,” said Linster on what makes EuroNASCAR special to him. “It’s the best series to compete in Europe and the festivals are just breathtaking. The style of how you drive these cars is old school and there is nothing like EuroNASCAR.” 

“The championship is unique and just amazing. I’m looking forward to being back on the grid and I hope to start off on the right foot at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. In ten years, I want to be the racing driver I would choose as my idol today!”

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