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NASCAR GP Italy Preview – The grand finale!

It’s been a long season, and it’s coming to its end at this weekend’s double race at Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi.

After a long EuroNASCAR season, Thomas Krasonis and Academy MotorSport will conclude the 2021 championship at the Vallelunga circuit.

Situated near Rome, the 4,085 km-track is a unique challenge for the big NASCAR cars – especially on the last 5 turns, on the most technical and slow part of the circuit.

Thomas sat down with us to talk about the last race of the season and his championship so far.

How well do you know the Vallelunga circuit?

‘I have raced at Vallelunga in the past, and recently I tested there with my car, so I can say that I know it pretty well. I feel comfortable driving in it.’

How do you evaluate your season so far?

‘I believe I could have a better position in the standings othen than P13, since I have finished in 3 races less than most other drivers. Nevertheless, I am happy that I am at a competitive level, and I gather experience for 2022.’

Finally, what would you like to improve upon after Zolder?

‘I would like to have better pace at Vallelunga, so I can have the chance to get a strong result, since it’s the last race of the season and I want to give it everything. I will approach this race with ease and I will try to be as close to the guys at the front as possible.’

The schedule for the race weekend (Local Italian Time):

Saturday, October 30

Qualifying – 10:25

Race 1 – 16:35

Sunday, October 31

Race 2 – 10:30

EuroNASCAR Belgium – Race 2: Points for Thomas Krasonis at Zolder

Thomas Krasonis finished once again in the points at Race 2 of the NASCAR GP Belgium.

Thomas Krasonis leaves Circuit Zolder with a double point finishing result.

He started Sunday’s Race 2 from P18 and managed to repeat the feat from Saturday’s Race 1, and climb up the order as he went.

Two Safety Car periods disrupted the flow of the race, but Thomas never lost his focus and continued to push, as all the drivers are fighting towards the end of this exciting campaign.

In 15-lap race, he managed to get 5 positions and finish in P12, securing once again some valuable points to achieve his goal, which is to finish the season in the top 10 of the overall standings.

Next up is the NASCAR GP Italy, the final round of the season, at Autodromo di Vallelunga.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

EuroNASCAR Belgium – Race 1: Strong finish with 7 places gained at Zolder

Thomas Krasonis finished P12 in Race 1 at Circuit Zolder, gaining 7 places from his starting position.

It was a good race for Thomas Krasonis, who starts to return to form at the Dutch round of this year’s EuroNASCAR championship.

Having qualified P19, Thomas had set his sights on a points’ finishing position, and that mindset did pay off.

He gained 2 positions quickly, having settled on P17 after two laps.

After a few uneventful laps, Thomas pushed forward and started applying pressure to those in front of him.

Eventually, he went on to take P12, which a 7-position improvement to his qualifying result.

The starting grid for Race 2 will be formed from the fastest lap of each driver on the first race of the weekend.

You can catch all the action following the link below:

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

NASCAR GP Belgium Preview – Finishing in the top-10 the goal for Thomas Krasonis at Zolder

Circuit Zolder hosts the penultimate round of the 2021 EuroNASCAR season, and Thomas Krasonis is ready for it.

At Heusden-Zolder lies a track that holds a lot of history, passion and despair.

Having opened its gates in 1963, the Circuit Terlamen (as its also known) is a 4.010 km and 10-turn track, which has hosted F1 Grand Prix, DTM races and GT endurance races.

And now, it’s the host of the NASCAR GP Belgium in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – and a track that Thomas knows from his 2019 campaign in this championship.

After a difficult weekend last time out at Grobnik, Thomas Krasonis is ready to tackle Zolder, and get some valuable points for the drivers’ and teams’ standings.

As ever, a top-10 finish is the goal set by the Greek driver, who is going head on to face a new, but certainly not unknown challenge.

The schedule for the race weekend (Local Belgian Time):

Saturday, October 9

Qualifying – 10:40

Race 1 – 17:10

Sunday, October 10

Race 2 – 11:20

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric

EuroNASCAR Croatia – Race 2: More points for Thomas Krasonis out of Grobnik

Thomas Krasonis got another batch of points out of Race 2 at NASCAR GP Croatia.

The grid for Sunday’s race was set from the fastest lap from Race 1, so Thomas started P17.

After the start, he made up one place, climbing up to P16, before going back down to P18.

He got his pace back, though, and started chasing the drivers in front of him, and managed to overtake both Valeri, and Lanza, to claim P16.

This means he got into the points once again, and leaves Croatia with two solid finishes.

You can watch the whole race in the link below:

 

Thomas Krasonis previews the NASCAR GP Croatia

Autodrom Most proved to be a tough one for Thomas Krasonis, who takes the positives from that weekend onto the one here in Grobnik.

Automotodrom Grobnik: that’s the next stop on this year’s NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, the 7th and 8th round of the championship.

It is a relatively short track, measuring at 4.168 km, with 18 turns. The Cavle-based circuit is characterised by the long flat-out zone on the start-finish straight and the fast right-handed kink before that, exiting out of the last proper corner.

The inner part of the circuit is quite more technical, resembling Most, which should put Thomas at a good place coming into this weekend.

Let’s not forget that Thomas Krasonis did the most overtakes in one race last time out in the Czech track, as you can see from this onboard video below:

-What part of the weekend at Most do you choose to keep with you for this GP?

”The fact that I had the speed and I was really competitive. Thes things boost my morale and help me go forward, because they show me that I improve my craft in each and every race.”

-How much acquainted are you with the Grobnik circuit?

”This will be the first time I race at this track. I have studied video footage and I am prepared for it as much as I can before actually driving in it.”

-What are your expectations for the latter part of this year’s championship?

”I think it’s about time to get the results I want. I am ready for this, and it’s only a matter of time before it happens.”

The schedule for the race weekend (Local Croatia Time)

Saturday, September 18

Qualifying – 09:50

Race 1 – 16:40

Sunday, September 19

Race 2 – 10:10

EuroNASCAR Most Race 2 Highlights – From last to P9 (video)

Enjoy onboard highlights from Race 2 at the NASCAR GP UK, where Thomas Krasonis completed 5 overtakes!

And don’t forget to subscribe to Thomas’ YouTube channel right here.

EuroNASCAR Brands Hatch: Top 10 finish for Thomas Krasonis on Race 2

Thomas Krasonis climbed up 7 places to grab P9 in an amazing Race 2 at the Brands Hatch circuit.

After a dismal Race 1 in a track that Thomas knows very well and likes as much as any circuit, Race 2 saw him getting a hard-fought top 10 finishing position.

Having started from P16, since he had achieved the 16th fastest lap time during Saturday’s race, he had an uplift battle to score points.

And battle he did, as he gained two positions on the opening lap, and steadily built on that.

One retirement in front of him, helped him reach P13, and then had his eyes set on a top 10 spot.

In the next 10 laps, he clinically passed his opponents, with his last battle for P9 being the most impressive, as he closed up to Veronesi, who was 4 seconds ahead of him. He cut down the gap, and then made the pass to ensure he had a good spot to stay in the top 10, and in the meantime he had achieved a lap time of 50.6 seconds, the 5th fastest of the race.

In a track where the overtaking is difficult, due to its narrow straights and many medium-speed corners, Thomas put on a show and he achieved his goal, which is always a top 10 finishing position.

In addition to the points that P9 awards in EuroNASCAR, Thomas gained 4 more points for his overtakes during the race.

You can watch the whole race in the player below:

Photo credits: Bart Dehaese

EuroNASCAR Brands Hatch – Mechanical issue haults Thomas Krasonis’ progress in Race 1

Thomas Krasonis had to retire from Race 1 at the Brands Hatch NASCAR weekend, due to a failure on the gearbox.

It was one of those days for Thomas Krasonis, who failed to finish the first of two races at the Brands Hatch circuit, because his gearbox failed in an unfortunate event.

Thomas started the race from P14, and even though he lost one position after the first lap, he climbed up to P12 after the Safety Car period ended.

For the next 6-7 laps, he continuously battled with his teammate, Vladimiros Tziortzis, as well as Naveh Talor and Yevgen Sokolovskiy for P11.

However, on lap 19 he suffered a problem with his gearbox on the EuroNASCAR FJ 2020 car, and had to pull off the racing line and onto the grass, to retire the car.

It was a really good showing of attacking, yet patient driving style from Krasonis, who will now aim for a better result come Race 2, on Sunday afternoon.

Photo credits: Stephane Azemard

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series: Standings after Rounds 1-2 at Valencia

Here are the standings in the drivers’ and teams’ championships after the first two races of the 2021 EuroNASCAR season.

Next up in the championship is the Brands Hatch round, in the UK, during the 2nd and 3rd of July.

Drivers’ points

Position Driver Nationality Points Gap Poles Winas Top-5 Top-10
1 Doubek Martin CZE 80 2 2 2 2
2 Tziortzis Vladimiros CYP 69 -11 2 2
Dauenhauer Tobias DEU 69 -11 2 2
4 Veronesi Pierluigi ITA 65 -15 2 2
5 Talor Naveh ISR 60 -20 1
6 Panebianco Alberto ITA 57 -23 2
7 Sokolovskiy Yevgen UKR 54 -26 2
8 Garisto Francesco ITA 53 -27 1
9 Pilate Simon BEL 50 -30 1
Deodhar Advait IND 50 -30 1
11 Kunz Justin DEU 49 -31 1 1
12 Lanza Massimiliano ITA 48 -32 1 1
13 Waden Ian Eric FIN 46 -34
Gomes Miguel PRT 46 -34
15 Krasonis Thomas GRC 45 -35 1
Valeri Paolo ITA 45 -35 1
17 Casoli Arianna ITA 43 -37
18 Armetta Fabrizio ITA 41 -39
19 Quintal Eric FRA 39 -41
Bec Didier FRA 39 -41
Loibnegger Alina AUT 39 -41
22 Bleekemolen Michael NLD 31 -49
23 Lintukantu Leevi FIN 30 -50
24 Manfre Bernardo ITA 10 -70

 

Teams’ points

Position Team Points Gap
1 Hendriks Motorsport 835
2 Hendriks Motorsport 747 -88
3 PK Carsport 713 -122
4 Solaris Motorsport 705 -130
5 Feed Vict Racing 685 -150
6 Feed Vict Racing 642 -193
CAAL Racing 640 -195
8 Hendriks Motorsport 638 -197
9 Alex Caffi Motorsport / Race Art Tech 610 -225
10 Mishumotors 607 -228
11 Marko Stipp Motorsport 583 -252
12 Not Only Motorsport 570 -265
13 PK Carsport 569 -266
14 DF1 Racing 563 -272
15 CAAL Racing 531 -304
16 CAAL Racing 530 -305
17 DF1 Racing 522 -313
18 DF1 Racing 500 -335
19 Marko Stipp Motorsport 453 -382
20 Mishumotors 270 -565
21 CAAL Racing 259 -576
22 Not Only Motorsport 247 -588
23 Shadow Racing Cars by 42 Racing 174 -661
24 Feed Vict Racing 121 -714
25 Shadow Racing Cars by 42 Racing 96 -739
26 PK Carsport 25 -810
27 Speedhouse 7 -828

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