Just like last year, Loris Hezemans will compete in Elite 1 and get behind the wheel of the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang in 2019. With one victory and seven top-5 finishes, Loris had a strong debut season with winning the Junior Trophy 2018 as a result. Take into account the results he achieved in the Pro Late Model races at New Smyrna last February – two top 3- and six top 10-finishes, the best result ever for a European in that class – and you can conclude Loris is ready for the Euro NASCAR season 2019.
"Everything was new to us the past year", tells Hezemans. "If you then still have a chance to win the overall title in the final weekend, it’s safe to say we didn’t do a bad job as a team. For 2019 the focus will be on being consistent, scoring points every race weekend with the Elite 1 championship title as the goal. That last one is in particular important to be able to make the step to racing in America, which is my ultimate goal. That is why we did several races during Speedweeks at New Smyrna last February to get more tracktime and above all learn how they race there. Looking back at that week, I can only be proud with even a third place in the main race. Valencia can’t come soon enough for me."
New within the team for 2019 is Giorgio Maggi. Coming from Blancpain Endurance ((Lamborghini GT3) and ADAC GT Masters (HONDA GT3), the 21-year-old Swiss will make his debut in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series with the Hendriks Motorsport team this year. Giorgio will compete in Elite 2 in the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang.
"In the past I drove together with Bert Longin in the ELMS championship and the previous year I spoke to Loris Hezemans during a GT-series test", tells the young Swiss. "They were both very enthusiastic about the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. A category without electronic aids in which the driver can make the real difference. During the Recruitment Day at Franciacorta last December, I drove the car for the first time and I was enthusiastic from the start. It’s a tremendous car that brings me a lot of joy to drive. I’m looking forward to working together with the Hendriks Motorsport team and Loris."
The #7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang will once again be piloted by Czech driver Martin Doubek in 2019. With two top 5-finishes in 2018, this season he will go for the podium in Elite 1. It’s going to be a busy year for him. Martin will compete in both Elite 1 as Elite 2.
“I’m very happy to announce that i will be driving both Elite 1 and Elite 2 in 2019” says Doubek. “2019 is going to be my fifth year in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and I want to make a big step forward this year and fight for podiums. I hope competing in both Elites is going to help me with that. I also want to put more focus on qualifying this year. Last year I had to start some races from the middle of the pack and it’s difficult to get a good result when you start that far away from the front. And of course i’m really looking forward to Round 4 of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series which is driven in my home country Czech Republic. I really want to get a good result in my homecountry and make my countrymen proud”.
The opening weekend of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will take place on 13 and 14 April 2019 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.