Alex Caffi Motorsport on the podium at Venray
in the Nascar Whelen Euro Series 2019
Miura is third in the Challenger Trophy while Vartiainen in Elite 2 makes a spectacular comeback and closes in the top ten.
Montecarlo, July, 15th 2019 - A very positive weekend for Alex Caffi Motorsport on the Venray (NL) oval, fourth round of the Nascar Whelen Euro Series 2019, where the team scored a podium and gave a show on the track.
The team coordinated by former Monegasque F1 driver Alex Caffi lined up the Chevrolet Camaro #2 with Kenko Miura (JPN) in Elite 1 and Jesse Vartiainen (FIN) in Elite 2, achieving a great performance that confirmed the value of the drivers and the whole team.
Venray's half mile apprenticeship involved Kenko Miura in both free practice and qualifying, where the Japanese driver took advantage of all the possibilities he had to increase his driving confidence in these specific conditions.
Miura finished qualifying with 20.234 personal best, eighteenth overall and third in the Challenger Trophy, preparing for a comeback race. During the 100 laps of the challenge, the Alex Caffi Motorsport's driver realized a remarkable progression, with several spectacular overtakings and a brave fight for the win Henri Tuomaala and Dario Caso. Miura resisted with determination and achieved an excellent third place, twelfth overall after a recovery of six positions.
For him also the satisfaction of having closed with full laps, an aspect that on an oval track is not to be underestimated.
Jesse Vartiainen set the ninth fastest lap in free practice, promising a leading qualifying session. A technical problem suffered during the pole position battle forced him to twelfth place, in 20.448, but the Alex Caffi Motorsport's driver did not give up.
In the race he showed that he had the pace to stay with the best drivers and made a determined performance that saw him finish in the top ten as eighth overall, with excellent lap times.
Alex Caffi – Team Manager:
"The weekend was definitely positive, although the characteristics of the track were, of course, very different from any other appointment of the season. Kenko improved his feeling on the oval recovering to twelfth place overall and fought for victory in the Challenger Trophy. Jesse had a great race even if he started from the back, he set good times with good overtakings and this shows that without the problem of qualifying he could have aimed even higher".
The Nascar Whelen Euro Series 2019 will now take a summer break before returning to the track with the semi-finals of September 21-22 in Hockenheim (GER) and the finals on October 5th and 6th in Zolder (B).