It was an eventful and exciting Elite 2 Final at Circuit Zolder. Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Ford Mustang) grabbed the win by holding off Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) in a green-white-checkered finish to clinch the 2017 ELITE 2 title.
Ferrando’s win was the seventh of the season – the Frenchman is one win away from tying the 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. Dumarey was a close second while Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) earned his first career podium finish in third place.
“This one is for the Knauf Racing Team. 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,” said Ferrando in Victory Lane. “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.”
Dumarey charged from sixth on the grid and tried his best to attach Ferrando but had settle for second, grabbing the win and the points lead in the Rookie Cup as both the other contenders had to retire. Felipe Rabello (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) ended up in the gravel at the last chicane, while Maciej Dreszer (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) had technical problems on the grid and didn’t start the race.
“It was a great race, especially after a not so good qualifying session this morning, with some power steering issues,” said Dumarey after climbing out of his PK Carsport Chevrolet. “I had a good start with a little bit of rubbing in the beginning but that’s racing and I was able to gain position after position. I also had the fastest lap in the race so I will start on the front row tomorrow. I hope to win my first race here in Belgium which is my biggest goal.”
Justin Kunz (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) crossed the finish line fourth ahead of Brazilian Marconi Abreu (#47 RDV Compétition Toyota Camry), while Martin Doubek (#5 Renauer Motorsport Ford Mustang) ended up just outside the top-5.
Nicki Petersen (#33 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) grabbed the second place in the Rookie Cup by finishing seventh overall and Jerry de Weerdt (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) was eight under the checkered flag winning the Legend Trophy to move on top of the over 40 classification. Gil Linster (#44 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) took third in the Rookie Cup in ninth place ahead of Guillaume Deflandre (#46 Racing Total Chevrolet SS), climbed back after hitting trouble early and rounded out the Top 10. Carmen Gil Boix (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) won the Lady Cup finishing 17th while Arianna Casoli (#54 CAAL Racing) ended up 19th.
The ELITE 2 Division will be back on track on Sunday at 11:15am CET and will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.