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ΝΑSCAR GP Czech Republic – Coming in hot after the podium

Thomas Krasonis returns from the summer break, ready to give everything he has after the podium finish at Vallelunga. Next stop: Autodrom Most!

On 3 and 4 of September, Thomas Krasonis and the Academy Motorsport team will compete in the third round of this year’s EuroNASCAR championship, the NASCAR GP Czech Republic.

We sat down with Thomas for a quick Q&A, to get his feeling after the long weeks without a race.

-How was the summer break for you?

I didn’t have enough time to go to vacations this summer, due to the commitments I had. Now I’m ready for the races at Most!

-Talk us through the experience of working with the Centaurus Racing Team.

It was a beautiful and unique experience. It’s a group of 42 mechanics and enginners from the University of Thessaly, and they outdid themselves in order to build and race this race car. They have my utmost respect, and I thank them for the opportunity to compete with it.

-What are your past experiences at the Most circuit?

I have raced there before. It’s a very fast flowing and pleasing to drive in track. In fact, it’s one of my favorites in the EuroNASCAR calendar!

-So, what are your expectations for the race weekened in Czechia?

If everything goes to plan, I don’t believe I lack in any aspect to the guys in front. Good qualifying and a good start will help us take a solid result, with the goal always being a finishing position in the top 10.

And here is the schedule for this weekend (in Local Czech Republic Time)

Saturday, September 3

Qualifying – 10:50

Race 1 – 13:50

Sunday, September 4

Race 2 – 15:00

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric

NASCAR GP Italy – All roads lead to Rome for Thomas Krasonis

After the first two rounds of the 2022 EuroNASCAR season, Thomas Krasonis and Academy MotorSport go to the Vallelunga Circuit, aiming at better results.

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.

‘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,’ said Krasonis.

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

Saturday, July 9

Qualifying – 10:00

Race 1 – 14:00

Sunday, July 10

Race 2 – 10:30

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

NASCAR GP Spain – Race 2: Top 15 finish with 12 overtakes for Thomas Krasonis

Thomas Krasonis came back from P26 to finish inside the top 15 on Race 2 of the NASCAR GP Spain in Valencia.

It was a race of attrition and redemption for Thomas Krasonis.

After his comeback in Race 1 on Saturday, Thomas started Sunday’s race from P26, having set the 26th fastest lap time during the first race.

In the 18 laps that followed, the #1 Academy MotorSport driver did all he could and more to climb back in the top 20, and then into the top 15 of the standings.

The two Safety Car periods helped him on his cause, as he battled his way up to P14 at the finish line.

This means he gained 20 positions between the two races at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo during this first NASCAR GP of the season.

The race results are as follows:

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

NASCAR GP Spain 2022: Debut for Thomas Krasonis in the EuroNASCAR Pro category

The 2022 NASCAR Euro Whelen Series begins this weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, and Thomas Krasonis will make his debut in the EuroNASCAR Pro category, with Academy MotorSport.

It’s been a long time coming for this return in the racing bucket for Thomas. After a very positive test session in Italy a couple of weeks ago, the Academy Motorsport driver is ready to tackle the first round of the 2022 season, in Valencia.

It’s a track Thomas knows very well, having raced there previously in 2019 and 2021.

He will now drive t he Ford Mustang NASCAR, a brand new car for his first outing in the Elite 1 category of the series.

”Testing went well, as we prepared for the new season and learnt some new things on the car,” said Thomas. ”Now, I feel ready to face this new, exciting challenge of driving on the top category of the championship, and score some big points inside the top 10.”

The 4.005 km circuit in the southeast of Spain offers a good mix of slow, tight corners, and more fast kinks that pose a challenge for the drivers, especially when driving these beasts that the NASCAR cars are.

The schedule of the weekend is as follows:

Saturday, May 14
Qualifying: 9:45 CEST

Sunday, May 15:
Race 2: 14:05 CEST

You can watch all the action HERE, and  follow Thomas Krasonis on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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:

 

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

Grand Prix: Ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης στην COSMOTE TV (16/5/2021)

Ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης βρέθηκε καλεσμένος της εκπομπής ‘Grand Prix’ της COSMOTE TV, μερικές ώρες μετά τη λήξη του πρώτου αγωνιστικού διημέρου του EuroNASCAR, στη Βαλένθια.

Μπορείτε να δείτε τα όσα είπε στους Αντρέα Παλομπαρίνι και Γιάννη-Μάριο Παπαδόπουλο, στο παρακάτω βίντεο:

VIDEO: EuroNASCAR Valencia Race 1 Onboard Highlights

Enjoy the onboard highlights from Race 1 at the NASCAR GP Spain – Valencia NASCAR Fest, the opening round of this year’s NASCAR Wheelen Euro Series championship.

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