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Tziortzis’ Nascar joy short-lived after Cypriot hit by penalty

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Vladimiros Tziortzis celebrates on the podium after his maiden win in the EuroNascar 2 series in Valencia before being given a 10-place penalty

Cypriot driver Vladimiros Tziortzis’ joy at having achieved his maiden win in the EuroNascar 2 series in Valencia was short-lived after he was handed a 10-place penalty on Monday.

Tziortzis was penalised after officials discovered that the mechanics of his team, Academy Motorsport, used a spare part from last year’s car in the power system.

According to the general manager of Total Sports Marketing Mikaelo Papadakis, who manages Tziortzis, the spare part in his car did not give the driver any advantage but was still against the regulations.

The Cypriot driver on Sunday led flag-to-flag at the legendary Circuit Ricardo Tormo to grab his first EuroNascar2 win after three second places back in the 2021 season.

“At last, victory arrived,” he said after the race.
“We did our job today, winning a race was our main goal from the beginning of the season.
“It could have come last year in Belgium when we were in pole position. It could also have come at the Italian GP in Vallelunga, where we were very unlucky and we lost the third place in the championship.
“It finally arrived, I wanted it so much throughout the last two years,” Tziortzis said.

After the penalty, the race was awarded to rookie Alberto Naska, who finished in second place, 6.619 second behind the 25-year-old Cypriot driver.
Tziortzis is the first Cypriot driver to compete in Nascar. He impressed in his debut season, scoring two podiums and eight top-10 finishes with a best finish of second in the third race once again in Valencia.

He finished the year fourth in the standings with 365 points, 54 points behind champion Vittorio Ghirelli.
His success allowed Alex Caffi Motorsport, which underwent a rebrand to Academy Motorsport in the off-season, to re-sign Tziortzis for 2022 and 2023.

Based on Saturday’s victory, which remains intact, the two (scoring) pole positions and the 11th position of Sunday, Tziortzis scored 66 points and is 3rd behind Naska (75 points) and Doubek (69 points).

He remains focused on the next race which will take place at Brands Hatch, England on June 10-12.

Tziortzis took his first driving lessons from his father in the parking lot of Nicosia’s GSP Stadium.
He began his career on karting a few months later and won the Pancyprian Karting Championship in different classes for seven consecutive years.

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