V 6 euro pickup se­ries starts in 2019

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Kevin Turner

A fully paid drive in the NASCAR Whe­len Euro Se­ries is the prize for the win­ner of a new cham­pi­onship for 2019.

The V6 Euro Pickup Se­ries will use four-litre, 350bhp ma­chines that were pre­vi­ously used, with Ford Mon­deo bod­ies, in the Benelux Rac­ing League Se­ries. The pick­ups will be cen­trally run by To­tal Mo­tor­sport, which has been es­tab­lished by Stephen Young and Hu­ber­tus Hey­man as a satel­lite of Rac­ingTo­tal, which cur­rently runs two cars in the NASCAR Whe­len Euro Se­ries.

There will be six race week­ends with 27 races across two venues, the half-mile Ven­ray oval in the Nether­lands and the Ra­cepark Mep­pen road cir­cuit in Ger­many. A full sea­son will cost 55,000 Eu­ros + VAT.

The to­tal prize fund is worth over 175,000 Eu­ros, with the cham­pion get­ting a 2020 NASCAR Whe­len Euro Se­ries seat with Rac­ing-to­tal. The run­ner-up will win two race week­ends in the same se­ries with the team, while the third-placed driver in the ’19 stand­ings will win one race week­end. The top rookie will re­ceive a full day of test­ing with Rac­ing-to­tal at one of the cur­rent Euro NASCAR tracks.

There will also be a Le­gends class for driv­ers over 40. The Le­gends cham­pion will win an all-ex­penses-paid race week­end in the South African V8 Masters Se­ries.

A Na­tional A li­cence is re­quired for the new se­ries, though a rac­ing school is avail­able for rook­ies. Or­gan­is­ers hope to at­tract a field of up to 22 driv­ers.

Some­time NASCAR Xfin­ity, ex-for­mula Palmer Audi racer and 2016 V8 Masters cham­pion Young be­lieves it will help Eu­ro­pean driv­ers seek­ing to make a ca­reer in Amer­ica.

“This re­ally is the road to NASCAR, the turn-up-and-drive for­mat makes it ac­ces­si­ble for every­one from ca­reer driv­ers to am­a­teur rac­ers and every­one in-be­tween,” he said. “We have an out­stand­ing and unique prize fund that will help fur­ther the ca­reers of Eu­ro­pean driv­ers wish­ing to race in the States.

“We are the only se­ries in main­land Europe that com­bines oval and road course rac­ing so we are al­ready at­tract­ing in­ter­est from some high-pro­file driv­ers who want to hone their oval rac­ing skills, es­pe­cially af­ter the clo­sure of Rock­ing­ham.”

Young plans to make fur­ther an­nounce­ments at Autosport In­ter­na­tional this week.

Pho­tos: Gary Hawkins, Steve Jones

Power is 350bhp Run by To­tal Mo­tor­sport

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