Touring Series

Nurburgring 200 Is All Ferrando’s

Thomas Ferrando captured his first NASCAR win Saturday at the Nurburgring. (Stephane Azemard photo)

Thomas Ferrando captured his first NASCAR win Saturday at the Nurburgring. (Stephane Azemard photo)

NURBURG, Germany – A great save on a late restart and a breathtaking sprint to the finish line granted French rookie Thomas Ferrando  his first career NASCAR win at the end of a memorable ELITE 2 Saturday Race at the Nurburgring.

He reached the first step of the podium in just seven races after collecting four top-fives and five top-10s.

The 16-year old Young Drivers Program member had a bad start from the pole and lost three positions at the first corner, but fought back quickly to take the lead from Salvador Tineo Arroyo at the chicane with a spectacular pass. He couldn’t relax though, because the battle between him, Tineo Arroyo and Maxime Dumarey  went on lap after lap.

Ferrando received a little nudge under braking at the first corner but made a great sliding save and kept the lead to cross the finish line first, while behind him Tineo Arroyo had the better hand on Dumarey thanks to a beautiful penultimate lap pass.

“I had a tough restart, I struggled a little bit with the gearbox, but at least I was still leading after the first corner,” said Ferrando.

“It’s very difficult to start in the back and move up through the field. Starting on the front makes everything a lot easier and our car is perfect.”

Italian rookie Gianmarco Ercoli came home fourth and his teammate Luca Pirri closed the top five.

Posted by on Jul 19 2014 Filed under Latest Headlines, NASCAR, Top Stories, Touring Series. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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