NURBURG, Germany – Borja Garcia overtook pole sitter Ander Vilarino with a bold move on the first lap of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Nurburgring 200 ELITE 1 Saturday and went on to score his first series win in his ninth career start.
“The race has been good since the start. Ander made a mistake, so I went to the inside and passed him. I think he didn’t see me make the move, because we had a slight, fair contact. We’ve raced on the limit throughout the race,” said Garcia. “Tomorrow I will have a good start position and if the car works as well as today, we can fight again for the podium and the win.”
The Valencia native set an impressive pace at the front and maintained a small but solid lead on Vilarino, who despite setting the fastest lap of the race never managed to put enough pressure on his rival and had to settle for second.
“Borja passed me during the first lap and we had a little contact. His move was fair, so there is nothing to complain or be mad about. It’s been a strange race: sometimes he was faster, sometimes I was able to close on him,” said Vilarino. “Thanks to the fastest lap, tomorrow I’ll start again from the pole. As for today, Borja won, so I congratulate him.”
The race ended behind the safety car as Didier Bec went spinning at the chicane, followed by Fabrizio Armetta, and triggered a caution with four minutes to go in the 30-minute race.
Frederic Gabillon finished third, followed by Freddy Nordström and Anthony Kumpen.
Borja Garcia, Ander Vilarino, Frederic Gabillon, Freddy Nordström, Anthony Kumpen, Markus Palttala, Eddie Cheever III, Mathias Lauda, Anthony Gandon, Christophe Bouchut, Simone Monforte, Bert Longin, Guillaume Rousseau, Wilfried Boucenna, Dominic Tiroch, Cassiano Rodrigues, Jose Manuel De Los Milagros, Marco Spinelli, Bas Leinders, Nicolo Rocca, Didier Bec, Fabrizio Armetta, Hugo Bec, Victor Guerin.