DF1 Racing will field a spectacular and talented mix of drivers in its third season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. GT legend Christophe Bouchut will return to NWES to aim at the top step of the podium in the ELITE 1 Division at the wheel of the #66 DF1 Racing Chevrolet, while 20-year-old Maciej Dreszer will look for glory in the ELITE 2 Division and Brazilian Deo Alves will make his debut in the new ELITE Club Division.
One of the world’s most accomplished GT drivers and a former Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Bouchut made his NWES debut with DF1 in 2014, finishing third in the prestigious American SpeedFest at Brands Hatch. The DF1 Racing team will rely on Bouchut’s experience and talent to keep moving forward and battle for wins and podiums.
“I want to thank DF1’s team owner Norbert Walchhofer for this opportunity. I am really happy to be back in a very competitive championship like the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series,” said the Frenchman. “We have improved our package a lot and the latest test in Hungary went very well. There’s no pressure on us, I will do my best and I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun together.”
Maciej Dreszer will drive the #66 Chevrolet SS in the ELITE 2 Division, competing both for the title and the Rookie Cup. The 20-year-old from Tarnów will be the first Polish driver to enter the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
“It is fantastic to be able to race for DF1 Racing and share the car with a great driver like Christophe in such a competitive series,” said Dreszer, who finished second in the GT4 European Series in 2016 after winning the BMW M235i Cup Belgium in 2015. “I want to learn as much as I can in this first season, but it is also important to be consistent and score the best results I can. I hope to be in the top 3 or 4 drivers in the ELITE 2, and to be in position to win if we have the chance.”
Both drivers agree in considering the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series one of the most competitive and formative championships in Europe and an ideal step to take to pursue a professional career.
“The NWES car requires great skills to be among the best drivers out there and it makes it great to develop your career. You cannot rely on ABS or traction control to control the car, you have learn how to do it by yourself to be really fast and you have to really understand what the car is doing. The championship is fantastic and it reached a very high level of competition and I am really happy to be back,” said Bouchut.
“I think in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series you can learn more than in any other series in the Europe,” added Dreszer. “You have to learn the mechanic side, how to drive without any aid, how to adapt your and there is also a lot to learn on the marketing level. There are always lots of fans and they have unique opportunities to get to know you and meet you. It’s not only racing and that is really fundamental to learn for a young driver to become a true professional. I believe this championship is the best step for me, I couldn’t find a better team than DF1 and I’m sure we’ll make a lot of fans happy.”
Brazilian Deo Alves will drive the DF1 Chevy in the brand new ELITE Club Division to make his NASCAR debut. The Belo Horizonte native will further grow the number of the South American drivers populating the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series grid.
“With Christophe we can really benefit from one of the best drivers in the world and his experience will definitely help a young driver like Maciej.Obviously we want to put Christophe in the best position in the ELITE 1 division to shoot for the win and we want him to be in the top-5 at the end of the season. I also think Maciej can fight to win the Rookie Cup and for a place in the top 5 in points at the end of the season. The ELITE Club is all news, but we hope Deo can make his dream come true and win the ELITE Club championship,” concluded DF1 Racing Team Owner Norbert Walchhofer. “And we may have some more good news coming. We are talking with some interesting drivers and I’m confident that after Valencia we can bring the #77 Chevy to the track starting from Brands.”
April 8-9 will mark the official beginning of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season as the official NASCAR European Championship will hit the track in Valencia, Spain for the third edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest.
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