Euro NASCAR: Deodhar scores first pole and a win at Brands Hatch in Round 2
The Indian registered two poles and two podiums, which included a win.
India's Advait Deodhar continued his 2021 Euro NASCAR campaign this past weekend at Brands Hatch, in the Euro NASCAR 2 category, driving the #56 CAAL Racing Ford Mustang. The Indian ended up leading in the first practice and followed it up with fourth in the final one.
He converted his practice pace in qualifying, where he scored his first pole with a 49.912s time, beating Tobias Dauenhauer by 0.192s in the process. The Race 1 on Saturday saw an intense fight between Deodhar and Euro NASCAR 2 title contender, Dauenhauer.
The two were on their own at the front as Dauenhauer kept the pressure on Deodhar - both driving the Ford Mustang. The intense 30 laps saw the Indian emerge as the winner by 0.433s, registering not his first, but also becoming the first from the country to do so.
“I will never forget this moment in my life”, said Deodhar. “I need to pinch myself because I cannot believe I have won. It was a tough race with Tobias at my back bumper during all laps of this round. Thanks to CAAL Racing for giving me an awesome car. It was only the second win of my life and it’s something very special to score one here at Brands Hatch.”
His fastest lap in Race 1 helped him earn pole for Race 2 on Sunday. But it wasn't the same result for Deodhar as he lost the lead going into Hill Bend, where Dauenhauer got past him to take the lead. It was the Indian now challenging the German.
Deodhar stuck on the tail for long but then fell away into the clutches of Simon Pilate. The Indian defended hard until Lap 27, when the Belgian managed to get through him. He came back on him but it was not enough, with two more cars on his tail.
It was still third and his second podium, which helped him to move up to fourth in the drivers' standings with 124 points, 20 behind Dauenhauer, with four rounds remaining on the 2021 Euro NASCAR 2 calendar.
The Indian was on for a double Top 10 results but for an issue in Race 1.
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