TOURS, France – Rookie Denis Dupont won a hard fought Whelen 75 at the Tours Speedway to climb the top of the podium for the first time ever in his young career.
The 21-year old Belgian also gave Racing Clup Partners – Marc VDS Racing the team’s first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series win at the end of a four-way battle against Marsilio Canuti, Maxime Dumarey and Stienes Longin. The race ended under yellow after one green-white-checkered attempt.
“It’s beautiful to win a NASCAR race,” said Dupont. “I didn’t want to set any specific goal, but I knew the car was great on speed and a top result was possible.”
Dupont started from the fourth position on the grid and quickly moved up to second, but had to surrender his position to Canuti in restart on lap 21. The Italian then jumped to the lead with a pass on Dumarey, but went wide fighting oversteer with 25 laps to go. Dupont took advantage and went from third to first in a couple of laps.
Longin – who was taking part in his first NASCAR race – joined the battle and moved to third, while Canuti climbed back to second in the final stages by taking advantage of a restart on lap 65.
Dupont crossed the finish line first and also won the Rookie Cup classification, followed by Canuti and Dumarey.