The greatest distinction of his career and one of the greatest in the history of Cypriot motorsport was achieved on Sunday by Vladimiros Tziortzis by finishing third in the EuroNASCAR 2 Championship.
Following an accident and wrist surgery three weeks ago in Belgium, Tziortzis had fallen to fifth in the standings, however, with a third place on Saturday and a second on Sunday in the final of Grobnik in Croatia, he moved up to third, overtaking last year’s champion Martin Doubek.
The 25-year-old Academy Motosport / Alex Caffi Motorsports joint venture driver was the fastest on the track all three days, being quicker than all drivers in the PRO category. He started both races from pole position and was constantly on the rear wing of the leader, putting pressure on both Alberto Naska and Liam Hezemans who closed the door on him several times in his attempts to overtake.
“The fact that I competed here is a feat. I spent three weeks full of x-rays, MRIs, physical therapy and the gym. I could have taken more risks for an overtake over the Hezemans in Race 2, but seeing as Doubek was behind there was no reason to risk third place in the championship,” Tziortzis said.
“I am very happy for this success for my country” said the happy Cypriot, cheered by his parents, relatives, friends and sponsors who joined him in the last round in Croatia and celebrated his success.
The championship was won by Dutchman Liam Hezemans who scored two wins in Belgium and another two in Croatia, leaving behind Naska who was the firm favourite until the summer.
Before the double-points final in Croatia and as he had not scored points in Belgium, Tziortzis was six points behind Doubek and one behind France’s Delsaux, although neither had the speed to follow him on the track.
Tziortzis’ participation this year was supported by ALCO Filters, the Cyprus Sports Organisation, Cyprus Motorsport Federation, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, ENEOS Motor Oil and Psaltis Auto Parts, Televantos Used Trucks, Sana Hiltonia and Daytona Raceway.
“I want to thank from the bottom of my heart first of all my family who bear the brunt of the effort all these years as well as all those who have been by my side this year as well. Without them success would have been impossible,” Tziortzis concluded
Final championship standings:
1. Liam Hezemans 453 points
2. Alberto Naska 447 points
3. Vladimiros Tziortzis 388 points
4. Martin Doubek 386 points