Lasse Soerensen claimed the EuroNASCAR PRO pole at Circuit Zolder. (Stephane Azemard Photo)
Lasse Soerensen claimed the EuroNASCAR PRO pole at Circuit Zolder. (Stephane Azemard Photo)

Soerensen & Doubek Split NASCAR Euro Poles

HEUSDEN-ZOLDER, Belgium – Lasse Soerensen (EuroNASCAR PRO) and Martin Doubek (EuroNASCAR 2) each claimed poles during the NASCAR GP Belgium on Saturday at Circuit Zolder.

In EuroNASCAR Pro, Soerensen posted the quickest time for DF1 Racing with a lap of 1:47.478 in wet conditions to grab his first pole award in the division.

“I’m very happy to grab my first Pole Award in EuroNASCAR PRO at Circuit Zolder,” said Soerensen. “The conditions were tough, but we had a good plan and strategy for the session. Everything went as planned and I knew I had to clock the fastest lap right at the end. I thank DF1 Racing for providing me with such a fast Chevrolet Camaro. In the race, I’ll have to keep my head clear and just focus on executing the plan.”

Stienes Longin will start alongside Soerensen on the first row of the grid. Jacques Villeneuve was third quickest on his No. 5 Feed Vict Racing Chevrolet Camaro and will share the second row on the grid with Gianmarco Ercoli. Francesco Sini completed the top-five.

EuroNASCAR 2 qualifying was shortened as rain began to fall at Circuit Zolder, but it didn’t stop Doubek from claiming his first pole award in his last lap before the session was stopped.

The Czech, who returned to series after missing the season opener in Vallelunga, edged his teammate Tobias Dauenhauer by a mere .035 seconds to take the top spot.

“I’m really happy to be back and to get my first pole position. The car was fantastic and we made a very good lap in the end,” said Doubek. “I hope for the best result and to get a place on the podium. It will most probably rain again this afternoon, so it’s not going to be easy but I really hope to climb on the podium.”

Dauenhauer will once again start from the front row and lead the Rookie Trophy contenders, while Nicholas Risitano, Simon Pilate and Andreas Jochimsen will close the top-five.

American Julia Landauer was fourth quickest but she will start ninth on the grid due to a penalty she received in practice on Friday.