The sixth race weekend of the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series saw the teams at the German Grand Prix circuit of Hockenheim and, with the Series reaching the semi-finals, the teams and drivers were now battling for double points in the weekend’s four races. Following yesterday’s Free Practice sessions when all four of the team’s drivers set competitive times, Ander Vilariño and Romain Iannetta were in the top ten of the Elite 1 runners with Elite 2 drivers Myatt Snyder sixth and NASCAR Euro newcomer Hugo De Sadeleer also top ten runners with Hugo especially impressing with the third fastest time over the two sessions.
The ten-minute Elite 1 session saw Ander’s first flying lap was a 1:34.592 for third fastest which he then improved to 1:33.482 but he was unable to improve on this time to qualify a very disappointed thirteenth. Initially Romain found himself caught in traffic and his best lap of 1:34.089 saw him in the bottom half of the field but after deliberately slowing to find some clear track he immediately lowered his time to 1:32.559 to finish sixth and qualify for the five-minute twelve car Superpole runoff. Romain set a lap of 1:33.234 in the runoff to qualify ninth for this afternoon’s race.
The Elite 2 twenty-minute qualifying was almost immediately red-flagged with a car in the Turn 12 gravel trap but, as the session resumed, Myatt went eighth with a time of 1:34.926 and Hugo immediately grabbed everybody’s attention as he went third on 1:33.572. Myatt lowered his time to 1:34.596 for tenth and both Racing Engineering cars returned to the pits with eight minutes remaining to conserve their tyres for Superpole. Hugo was flying once again in Superpole going fastest on 1:33.250 and Myatt was ninth with a time of 1:34.863 and at the end of the five minutes Hugo had qualified third for his debut race with Myatt eleventh.