Ander Vilariño has reached an agreement to compete in the European NASCAR 2020 with DF1 Racing, based in Salzburg, and will do so with the Chevrolet Camaro # 22. This Austrian team, which won last year the 2nd division of the European NASCAR, will complete its seventh season in the championship and has wanted count on Vilariño to fight for the title in the 1st division, in which Ander is still the driver with the most champion titles, three, and more victories, 22, in the five seasons in which he has participated in the American series.
The agreement was signed only a few days ago at the team headquarters in Austria. After some positive previous conversations, the team and the pilot met and “given that the objectives and the approach are similar on both sides, an agreement was reached quickly”.
The season of the European NASCAR will have 13 races and will start in April as usual with the two races in the circuit of the Valencian Community. Next, you will visit Brands Hatch (England), Most (Czech Rep.) And the oval of Venray (Netherlands) that will close the regular season. Next, the last 6 races, the playoffs, will score double and will be held in Vallelunga (Italy), Zolder (Belgium) and Hockenheim (Germany).
Ander Vilariño said he was “happy to run with DF1 Racing” and explained that the team leaders, Norbert and Gudrun, “have given me good feelings, as well as their technical manager. Last year I followed what they did in the 2nd division and I thought they had a fast car. Since technically they seem able to make me a winning car, they have shown interest in having me on their team and that we have personally connected well, everything has closed quickly.
The Gipuzkoan pilot is recovered from the wrist injury that occurred in the last race of 2019 «And with the peace of mind of knowing what I am going to do this 2020 season, this is something very important for a pilot, so I can concentrate 100% on what is coming now, the pre-season tests and the start-up work ready with the team technicians ». Ander Vilariño explains that he “has a huge desire to ride in the car and enjoy the first weekend of competition in my favorite circuit, Valencia. The goal for the team is to win their first championship in the 1st division of the European NASCAR and in my case try to achieve the fourth champion ring. We all know it is difficult and we will work hard race by race, step by step ».
Norbert Walchofer, sports director of DF1 Racing, said for his part that “any team would be happy to have the three-time European NASCAR champion. Ander visited our facilities for two days to see the team and talk about different technical aspects and we signed the contract right away, with an option for 2021. Ander is a top driver and with him we have the option to fight for the title. We believe you can bring a lot of experience and help us with the young drivers of the team. We will try to give everything and get the title ».
Ander Vilariño, three-time European NASCAR champion, has 61 races in the championship, 22 wins, 34 podiums, 24 pole positions and 24 quick laps, in addition to 43 top5 and 55 top10.