Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Nina Weinbrenner

Victor Neumann claimed the victory in the first round of the EuroNASCAR Club Challenge division to kick start the action of the 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season.

The racing action in the 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season was kicked off on Friday, with the first day of the Valencia NASCAR Fest and the first round of the regularity-based EuroNASCAR Club Challenge division at Spain’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo. 

After two sessions, it was Victor Neumann who took the win on his debut weekend in the sport. The Marko Stipp Motorsport driver led both sessions and beat two Club Challenge veteran drivers Federico Monti and Alain Mosqueron in the two sessions held on Friday morning to take home the winner’s trophy.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Nina Weinbrenner

“The cars are easy to drive, which means they are very well to handle and have very good balance, which makes it a lot of fun to drive them around a track like this,” said Neumann after securing his maiden victory. 

“I’m really happy that I won on my first Club Challenge appearance and I’m already working hard to build up a program for the 2024 season!”

Federico Monti, who only took part in Club Challenge as it transpired on Friday’s action, took home second place and gained three bonus points for choosing the faster reference time in both Club Challenge sessions.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

Finishing third on his return to EuroNASCAR Club Challenge is Alain Mosqueron, who is back as the driver of SpeedHouse’s No. 40 Ford Mustang. Mosqueron beat his teammate Florian Richard to the final podium spot and also gained the bonus point for picking the faster reference time.

Another SpeedHouse driver in Arianna Casoli took home fifth thanks to a strong performance in the second session, as she was the driver that ended up the closest to Neumann. She defeated reigning champion Gordon Barnes, who had to salvage sixth after suffering an oil leak in his gearbox.

Edouard Fatio, the owner of Swiss company Simatok Virtual Driving that specialized in racing simulators, finished seventh ahead of Yann Schar and Viktor Schiffer, who completed the field in eighth and ninth respectively.

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