VALENCIA, Spain – Wilfried Boucenna opened the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 season in the best way possible, by sweeping both events at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Boucenna completed the sweep on Sunday by earning his fourth series victory ahead of Nicholas Risitano, who finished second in just his second NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race.
Boucenna survived an early caution and timed his restart perfectly on lap five to defend the lead, then drove away and crossed the finish line 3.156 seconds ahead of Risitano, who set the fastest lap of the race while trying to close the gap to the leader.
“We took a great start from the pole position but the safety car bunched us up together again. We timed the restart very well and from then I tried to manage my advantage and at the same time take care of the equipment for the ELITE 1 race of my teammate. This is a fantastic way to begin the season for the entire Knauf Racing Team,” said Boucenna.
Florian Venturi started from the front row, but an early contact sent him down the order. The Frenchman climbed back up to finish third. Boucenna’s teammate Paul Guiod edged Guillaume Deflandre, who rounded out the top-five.
Jerry de Weerdt grabbed the win in the Legend Trophy with an 11th-place finish. Carmen Boix Gil took the Lady Cup win by finishing 12th.