Alon Day moves one step closer to title with dominating win

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series points leader Alon Day expands lead with flag-to-flag win at Circuit Zolder on Saturday afternoon, while Thomas Ferrando clinches ELITE 2 championship.

Alon Day moves one step closer to title with dominating win
Race winner Thomas Ferrando
Thomas Ferrando
Alon Day
Race start

Alon Day is one step closer to celebrating a championship and did a lot to help himself on Saturday afternoon.

Alon Day powered his No. 54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) to his third consecutive win in the playoffs holding off Marc Goossens by just 0.576 seconds in scoring his fourth win of the season.

The lone NASCAR driver from Israel will start from the pole on Sunday as he goes for the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship.

“I am so happy to win the first Final here at Circuit Zolder,” said Day. “I knew Marc Goossens was quick since practice, so it was not easy and as I expected he was right on my bumper from the green flag, pushing me to
the limit. I am so, so happy also for my team, if I win the championship tomorrow it will not only be my first
title but also the first championship win in CAAL Racing’s history. It’s an amazing feeling, tomorrow I want to win the championship and I’ll also do my best to win the second Final.”

Day led all 16 laps of the first ELITE 1 Final race of the weekend and was under constant pressure from Goossens, but the Belgian never got close enough to make a move for the lead.

Two-time series champion Anthony Kumpen came home third with crossed the finish line third with Frederic Gabillon and Stienes Longin completing the top five.

Borja Garcia finished sixth with Lucas Lasserre, Freddy Nordstrom, Thomas Ferrando and Salvador Tineo Arroyo completed the top 10.

Thomas Ferrando clinches ELITE 2 division crown

Thomas Ferrando won his seventh NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 race of the season and in the process clinched the division championship Saturday at Circuit Zolder.

Ferrando held off Guillaume Dumarey in a green-white-checkered finish and the Frenchman is one win away from tying the single season win record set by Stienes Longin in 2016 – and the 12th his ELITE 2 career. The 20-year-old driver from Pertuise, France start from the second row in the ELITE 2 Final 2 on Sunday.

Paul Guiod earned his first career podium finish in third place.

“This one is for the Knauf Racing Team,” said Ferrando. “I am really happy for this win and now we do it again tomorrow to tie Stienes’ record. We’ll have no pressure and I really hope to be fast tomorrow as I was today and get a shot at the win. I want to thank my team and Knauf for doing such a great job. I can’t describe the feeling, we are the new ELITE 2 champions! I will celebrate this title tomorrow because we another race to do and then we’ll get all together to party.”

Alon Day fastest in second practice session at Circuit Zolder
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