Whelen Euro Sequence ELITE 2 champion Thomas Ferrando spent a while with Motorsport.com speaking about successful the 2017 title.
You lastly scored your first NASCAR championship. How does it really feel?
That’s an unbelievable feeling! I’m so completely satisfied to lastly win my first Elite 2 NWES championship! I do not know if I’ve utterly realized but, however I am very glad with this season.
You had a breakout season this yr with seven wins, what do you assume made the distinction for you this season to interrupt by and win the title?
I feel that the distinction comes from good exercises that helped me get into good condition for the 2017 season. Nevertheless it additionally comes from an ideal staff effort! Everybody on the staff did a superb job engaged on the automotive all season lengthy.
Is there one explicit factor you or your staff did in a different way this season that you just felt made a distinction in your efficiency this season?
Sure, we tried to be extra skilled throughout this season. The staff labored arduous and exactly on the automotive to be environment friendly. Now we have additionally labored on our communication contained in the staff, and my spotter who gave me extra data than ever and helped me to be targeted on the goals.
Is there one race or one occasion that you just really feel stands out and made a distinction in your season with the staff?
Manufacturers Hatch was the occasion the place I feel the staff actually grew up! We have been ready end within the prime three through the Elite 1 race 2 of the weekend. The efficiency of the automotive and the alchemy of the staff was established all season.
How particular is it for you to have the ability to name your self a NASCAR champion in your house nation of France?
That is clearly one thing particular! Being a NASCAR champion means lots to me however we have now to remain targeted on our goals. We have to maintain working arduous for subsequent yr (I could compete in Elite 1). Being an Elite 2 champion is an impressive feeling, however drivers like Alon Day, Anthony Kumpen, Frederic Gabillon, Stienes Longin or Marc Goossens present that the expertise degree in Elite 1 is large! I’ve to be ready for that and work more durable and more durable to be quicker than them.
Do you are feeling having this championship might help your resume as your proceed to pursue a full-time experience in america?
Sure for positive! Being champion this yr offers me the chance to do a race in america subsequent season. Absolutely the objective is to be a fulltime NASCAR driver. So sure, any title you may win competing in a NASCAR sequence is nice to expertise.
Do you are feeling your championship might help proceed to assist develop the identify of NASCAR in Europe?
Sure in fact! The European championship grows annually. Each staff and each driver takes their expertise on this championship to assist develop and enhance their skills enhance sharply annually.
Who would you prefer to thank for serving to you win your title?
I want to thank everybody in my staff! Denis Kleiber for giving me the chance to dwell my dream. Olivier Bacle, my spotter and staff supervisor, who labored arduous for me and my teammates. My mechanic and engineers Jeremy, Vincent and Jean-Jacques who do an unbelievable job on the automotive. I want to thank additionally my mother, dad, brother and pals who had been with me at each race. And in addition a giant due to Patrice Giammattei, my coach who taught me the right way to be bodily ready earlier than each race. And final however not least, all of the NASCAR household: followers, organizers, marshalls… They gave us the power to proceed this wonderful sport !
Do you’ve got any goals or targets of racing NASCAR in america?
Racing NASCAR in america is a objective of mine. I want to be a part of this large sequence as a result of for me it represents what a driver could be within the sport. And in addition for me it represents what a racing household is. The connection between drivers and followers, the NASCAR household are among the the reason why I need to be a NASCAR driver.
What makes competing the NWES particular to you ?
It’s particular for me as a result of once I went to Bowman Grey Stadium to do my first ever race in NASCAR on a Modified, the ambiance on monitor was unbelievable, I had by no means seen this earlier than. The NWES is basically near this ambiance. We’re an enormous household and I’m proud to be a part of it!