Alon Day edges Bobby Labonte for win at Excursions Speedway


Former NASCAR Subsequent driver and Israeli native Alon Day picks up his first Whelen Euro Sequence win on an oval monitor on Sunday.

Defending NASCAR Whelen Euro Sequence champion Alon Day is not any stranger to profitable races, however they’ve all been on highway programs. Not any extra.

Day held off former NASCAR Cup Sequence champion Bobby Labonte to choose up the Elite 1 division win on Sunday on the oval monitor at Excursions, France.

It was the 14th profession win for Day and his fourth win of the season.

“I wasn’t the quickest at present however it was nice teamwork on CAAL Racing’s aspect,” stated Day. “I had a faster time than (Frederic) Gabillon within the semi-final race so I began from the pole place. Since then, I simply defended like hell.

“The CAAL Racing staff did an incredible job at present. I received over a NASCAR Cup Champion at present and that’s one thing unbelievable. He was there in the previous few laps and he was on my bumper, I believed that I wouldn’t gonna do it however I fought till my final breath. I’m completely satisfied but in addition actually, actually exhausted.”

After mechanical issues compelled him out of the race on Saturday, Labonte put up a incredible present on Sunday. He completed fourth in his semi-final and began seventh within the finals.

Labonte took benefit of the brand new cone rule for this race to maneuver up and problem Day close to the top of the race.

After the late warning, Saturday’s race winner Frederic Gabillon opted for the skin lane to attempt to sweep the weekend and the transfer didn’t repay.

Labonte began proper behind Day and did every thing he may to move the chief over the ultimate 4 laps of the race however Day held him off in an thrilling battle.

Though he didn’t get the win, Labonte celebrated his first podium end within the NASCAR worldwide sequence.

“It was such a tough race due to the grip degree and the degradation of the tires,” stated Labonte after the race. “The automotive modified quite a bit and the underside line was at all times the groove.

“Alon did an ideal Job holding his line. I obtained to his bumper however you don’t crash folks to win a race. He didn’t do something fallacious. I attempted to get him and possibly there was an opportunity with just a few extra laps. My staff did an ideal job and at present was a superb day however first would have been higher.”

Whereas his late-race determination didn’t repay with a second consecutive win Gabillon, his staff might be invited to the July 12-15 Goodwood Pageant of Velocity, after which Gabillon will head to Canada to participate within the NASCAR Pinty’s Sequence race on the massively fashionable GP3R at Trois-Rivières on Aug. 10-12.

Day and Labonte had been joined on the rostrum by Romain Iannetta got here residence third to attain the primary ELITE 1 podium for Go Fas Racing with an enormous comeback from final on the grid. Loris Hezemans and Alex Sedgwick rounded out the highest 5.

Delsaux sweeps ELITE 2 weekend races

Ulysse Delsaux led each lap within the Elite 2 division race for the second day in a row to brush each races on the oval monitor.

“It’s the primary time ever for me to win two consecutive races in NWES,” stated Delsaux. “I’m so completely satisfied, this was an ideal weekend for the staff. Because of my crew for giving me such an ideal automotive at present. It was incredible. Now I’m trying ahead to the playoffs.”

Nicholas Risitano completed second because the Italian scored his first podium end since Valencia. Guillaume Deflandre completed third after beginning ninth with Paul Guiod and Francesco Parli rounding out the highest 5.

Penalty Report

Following the Elite 1 race Graff Alexander Graff was penalized 5 championship factors for an unavoidable collision.

Following the Elite 2 race Justin Kuntz, Wilfried Boucenna, Tom Boonen, Felipe Rabello, and Adrien Paviot had been all docked 5 championship factors for unavoidable collisions throughout their race.