Israeli driver Alon Day claimed an historic piece of silverware by winning the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship in Belgium.
The 26-year-old, who grew up in Ashdod, ended his season by winning Saturday’s race in Zolder, before then settling for fourth place in the final race on Sunday, knowing that he had already secured the title simply by completing the first lap.
Becoming the first Israeli – and Jewish racer – to win the title, Day was a consistent performer throughout the season, claiming 11 top-five finishes to go with his four wins, as well as finishing 10 times in the top-10.
Winning a first championship for CAAL Racing in its 41-year history, he said: “It’s such an amazing feeling, we were trying so hard the past three years to win this title, we won so many races but never the championship.
“Finishing the season like this is the sweetest thing I can ask. I am so happy for the CAAL Racing team, they did a great job all season long. We finally made it. I have no words right now.”