VENRAY, Netherlands – Rookie Felipe Rabello claimed back to back wins in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 division, completing a weekend sweep of the events at Raceway Venray on Sunday.
Rabello bested fellow Brazilian Marconi De Abreu at the finish, the first time two Brazilian drivers have finished one-two in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series history.
“Wow, first time on an oval this weekend and I can’t believe it,” said Rabello. “I have back-to-back wins. I really can’t believe it. It’s like a dream come true and I couldn’t be happier. The car was perfect. The CAAL Racing Team is a great organization and did such an incredible job setting up the car. This weekend’s results are very important and just what I needed to move up in the standings for a shot at the championship.
“I need to thank my sponsors, the race fans, all the guys on the race team and everybody who made this possible. NASCAR is awesome and I think all my family, friends and race fans back home in Brazil are going be really happy to see me winning both races here this weekend. Not to mention, capping off the weekend with a one-two Brazilian finish here today. I really love this NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.”
Starting from the pole, Rabello lost the lead to Guillaume Dumarey when the green flag waved, but reclaimed it on lap 28 when the Belgian spun diving into turn one, triggering the only caution of the race and forcing Dumarey to retire.
During the restart Rabello took off swiftly while Abreu took advantage of the battle between Ulysse Delsaux and Thomas Ferrando to jump up to second and score his first overall NASCAR podium finish.
Delsaux and Ferrando got together on the backstretch on lap 36. Delsaux received a drive through penalty for causing the contact and Ferrando lost a couple of places, but climbed back to third by the checkered flag.
Paul Guiod was a solid fourth for his first career top-five while Gil Linster ended up fifth.