The summer break is nearly over for this year’s NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers and Alex will be back behind the wheel next week in Germany.
With just two rounds remaining before the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will finish for 2018, Alex is fully focused to continue his amazing progress.
It does not seem like only five months since Alex’s first drive in a NASCAR in Valencia when he went wheel-to-wheel with 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte in a car he first drove less than a day before. Two very strong finishes saw him mark his place in the series and as one of the drivers to watch.
The second round, held in Italy demonstrated Alex’s determination to succeed and his strength of character. A puncture in the first race after being hit by another car and then a jammed throttle in the second race saw Alex leave Italy with no points.
The next round, and the only UK round, was a very important round for Alex as it was the only circuit that he had previously raced at. Determined to put the disappointment of Italy behind him Alex took up the opportunity to join a new race team, Belgium based Braxx Racing. Brands Hatch, therefore, saw Alex line up alongside his new teammates, Pedro Bonnet, legendary sports car driver Marc Goossens and world cycling champion Tom Boonen.
First time with his new team, first time racing at a known circuit and as a result, the first visit to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series podium. And the firsts did not stop; he also had his first double podium with a second podium finish in the second race.
As well as thrilling the 80,000 reported fans at the track, he also become the series ambassador for the weekend attending a number of guest appearances and another first, guest TV commentator for the supporting Elite 2 race, transmitted to millions of fans around the world.
After the UK, the next round was another first for Alex when he had his first oval race in Tours, France. Determine to continue where he left off at Brands Hatch, Alex had one goal, get back on the podium. The new experience of racing on an oval track was quickly mastered by Alex and the result, two further podium finishes.
With the final two rounds still to run over the next two months, Alex has cut his summer break short and next week will head to Hockenheim to join his Braxx teammates at a private test in preparation for the race at Hockenheim in September.
Alex will be making the most of the opportunity to make sure he has the best preparation for the race, with the aim of getting back on the podium.
Still only nineteen years of age, Alex has been racing since he was eight and is the youngest Elite 1 driver in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series but, is already making this mark against the more experienced drivers. His awareness, however, is also building away from the racetrack as well with media coverage across Europe and even a re-run of the TV coverage of his wheel-to-wheel battle with Bobby Labonte on Fox TV in the USA.
Alex will next be in action in Hockenheim, Germany for the penultimate NWES race weekend, on the 14th September to 16th September.