Hezemans and Jouffreau head into summer break separated by 11 points in the Junior Trophy

The 2024 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season is on summer break. A look at the points standings after six championship rounds and the special event on the oval at Raceway Venray shows former EuroNASCAR 2 Champion Liam Hezemans leading the Junior Trophy for drivers 25 and younger by 11 points over reigning EuroNASCAR 2 Champion Paul Jouffreau. Both drivers also have a shot at the overall title.

Hezemans scored his first win of the season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo and strengthened his ambitions to fight for the EuroNASCAR PRO title against established drivers like Vittorio Ghirelli and reigning NWES Champion Gianmarco Ercoli. The 21-year-old Dutchman has been one of the most consistent drivers so far in the 2024 season, sitting second overall and first in the Junior class. Just seven points behind Ghirelli, the Hendriks Motorsport driver is the favorite to win the trophy. However, there is a raw talent right on his back bumper: Jouffreau.

The Frenchman is still looking for his first overall win of the season, while having three class wins so far. Hezemans, with one more class win, has four in total in the Junior Trophy. Therefore, 20-year-old RDV Competition pilot Jouffreau is fourth in the overall standings, 18 points behind Ghirelli and 11 behind Hezemans. The two are set for an epic battle for the trophy lead when EuroNASCAR heads to the Autodrom Most, in the Czech Republic, August 31st and September 1st.

After the final event of the regular season, all drivers’ worst points score will be dropped before heading into the double points paying playoffs, taking place in Germany and Belgium. None of the drivers can afford to make any mistake, as every point can make the difference in the battle for one of the prestigious EuroNASCAR PRO titles. Moreover, as often happened in the history of the series, there may be additional drivers in contention.

In third place, Thomas Krasonis is waiting for his chance to advance and have a shot in the battle for the Junior Trophy. The Greek, who races for Marko Stipp Motorsport, is eighth overall; 55 points behind Hezemans. The 22-year-old has gained a lot of momentum over the past few races and has been on top of his game in both EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2. Ryan Vargas is level on points with Krasonis and has his sights set for a top-3 finish in the Junior Trophy class.

The American scored his first top-5 finish in EuroNASCAR PRO with fifth place at Raceway Venray. Vargas also scored a podium finish in his first EuroNASCAR 2 race at the oval in the Netherlands. The 3F Racing driver is getting more and more used to road course racing and wants to have a seat at the table for the Junior Trophy podium at the end of the season. His advantage: he knows the Playoff tracks in Germany and Belgium having raced there in 2023. Therefore, he has everything he needs to fight for a top position in the class.

Jack Davidson and Lux Motorsport are also on a roll. The Scot took his first EuroNASCAR 2 win at Brands Hatch. He became the first British driver ever to win in EuroNASCAR, but it is not certain if he will continue his EuroNASCAR PRO campaign. His family team has already fielded Liam Lambert at Raceway Venray. Davidson is followed by Thomas Dombrowski and Max Marzorati, while Julien Rehberg rounds out the Junior Trophy standings.