VALENCIA, Spain – Alon Day completed a perfect weekend at Circuit Ricardo Tormo on Sunday by scoring his second NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 1 class victory in as many days.
The Tel-Aviv resident grabbed his 12th career NASCAR Whelen Euro Series victory by beating Anthony Kumpen to the line by .628 of a second after two restarts.
“I could not ask for a better way to finish the weekend,” said Day, who inherited the lead on lap two after a huge crash between Loris Hezemans and race leader Marc Goossens. “Sometimes you just need some luck and the luck was on our side today. Our team did a great job. The car is fantastic. When I had the lead I was able to stay out front. It’s a great way to open the season. I am happy for CAAL Racing and we have now five wins in six races. I think that it’s a great record.”
“It was a pretty hectic race,” said Kumpen, whose PK Carsport team was put to test to repair the #24 Chevrolet after the ELITE 2 race. “The car felt really good. If you start from fifth and finish second it’s good because this is a really tight championship, it is not easy. I am pleased with the results we got this weekend. Finishing third and second after the difficult start we had is very positive. I know we can fight for the championship this year.”
Frederic Gabillon earned another podium finish at Ricardo Tormo by crossing the finish line 2.353 seconds behind Day. Stienes Longin came from eighth to fourth, while Borja Garcia finished fifth at his home track.
Gianmarco Ercoli completed a huge comeback from 15th on the grid to seventh under the checkered flag and won the Junior Trophy classification. Former NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte started 14th and finished the day in eighth.
Wilfried Boucenna grabbed the Challenger Trophy ahead of Lucas Lasserre.