NURBURG, Germany – A great save on a late restart and a breathtaking sprint to the finish line granted French rookie Thomas Ferrando his first career NASCAR win at the end of a memorable ELITE 2 Saturday Race at the Nurburgring.
He reached the first step of the podium in just seven races after collecting four top-fives and five top-10s.
The 16-year old Young Drivers Program member had a bad start from the pole and lost three positions at the first corner, but fought back quickly to take the lead from Salvador Tineo Arroyo at the chicane with a spectacular pass. He couldn’t relax though, because the battle between him, Tineo Arroyo and Maxime Dumarey went on lap after lap.
Ferrando received a little nudge under braking at the first corner but made a great sliding save and kept the lead to cross the finish line first, while behind him Tineo Arroyo had the better hand on Dumarey thanks to a beautiful penultimate lap pass.
“I had a tough restart, I struggled a little bit with the gearbox, but at least I was still leading after the first corner,” said Ferrando.
“It’s very difficult to start in the back and move up through the field. Starting on the front makes everything a lot easier and our car is perfect.”
Italian rookie Gianmarco Ercoli came home fourth and his teammate Luca Pirri closed the top five.