His debut at Nascar Whelen Euro Series made 18-year-old Thomas Krasonis, who participated in the first double race this season, on the weekend of 13 and 14 April at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.
It was the first racing experience for the young Greek driver in this kind of racing, and his … anxiety was obvious to some extent on Saturday’s timings, as after a mistake he made in his quick timed lap, he failed to score the time he could to do.
So in the grid of the first race he was in 21st place among 32 contestants. By making a good start, he quickly passed the slower drivers and found himself in the “train” that claimed seats 13-18. With patience and certainty he started overtaking and taking advantage of his speed, and managed to overtake three other opponents and finish the race in 15th place.
Having already taken … the baptism of fire, Thomas was ready for the second fight on Sunday morning. Beginning 21st again, he felt much more comfortable in the Ford Mustang. And this was manifested in the race as he was stupefying, impressing the organizers of the Championship, who spoke with the best words about the 18-year-old Greek. Besides, in 15 rounds, Krasonis managed to pass 10 cars and finish off marginally out of the top ten, gaining a total of 50 points. Performance that brings him to the eighth place of the Championship score.
“It was an incredible experience! The race was very enjoyable, especially on Sunday, when I felt really comfortable in my car. I was impressed by the attendance of the spectators, as more than 30,000 spectators were found on the track at Valencia on Sunday! I’m looking forward to the next race in Italy” said Thomas Krasonis.
The second double race of the Nascar Whelen Euro Series Championship will be held on 11 and 12 May at the Franciacorta circuit in Italy.
2019 NASCAR WHELEN EURO SERIES – ROUND 1&2 Valencia
NASCAR GP SPAIN – CIRCUIT RICARDO TORMO
Car: Ford Mustang (5.7l V8) #1
Team: Alex Caffi Motorsports
Elite 2 Driver: Krasonis Thomas