A very good racing year ended in a not so positive way for Vladimiros Tziortzis in the Nascar Whelen Euro Series in Rome.
The Cypriot driver arrived in the Italian capital with a mathematical chance of winning the title, but the races did not go as planned.
This resulted in two finishes outside of the top 10 in both races and as the final at the Autodromo Vallelunga scored double points, he slipped out of the top three in the final ranking.
Czech driver Martin Dubek overturned the lead that Germany’s Tobias Dauenhauer maintained throughout the year to be crowned champion, with Tziortzis finishing the season in sixth place in the standings.
“First of all, I want to congratulate Doubek for winning the championship. The season finale may not have been desirable, but what happened cannot erase a very good year with five podiums,” Tziortzis said.
“We had the misfortune to have a bad weekend where the points counted twice. So, while I was first in the free practices and second in qualifying, mechanical problems in the first race and a collision at the start of the second, threw me back.”
Tziortzis finished his second year in sixth place in the Euronasacar2 category, although with a pole position, five podiums and eight placements in the top five, he finished third best in terms of results, behind the duo of Hendriks Motorsport (Dubek-Dauenhauer).
“I want to thank the organisers of the championship who trusted me this year as well as Academy Motorsport, Alex Caffi Motorsport and Race Art Technology who gave me all the guarantees for a year better than last year,” Tziortzis added.
“Massive thanks to my sponsor, the pharmaceutical company Remedica, without which my participation would not have been possible, but also to the supporters of this year’s effort.
“But the biggest thank you belongs to my family who have supported me all these years and are by my side in the good and bad moments.”
The Cypriot driver will now have a rest before making his decisions for his racing program for the upcoming winter period and for 2022, as there are several proposals on the table.