VETERAN rider Enzo Pastor left for Nogaro, France Monday for the kick-off leg of the Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series set March 30.
Pastor, who comes from a family of drivers, feels he has a good chance of achieving a podium finish as participants will be using homologated race cars for the entire duration of the six-month, six-race tournament, making the event a showcase of driving skill and experience.
“I expect to be on the Top 3, the worst is Top 5,” he said during the send-off party given to him by the Philippine Formula Autosports Foundation Inc. at the Resorts World Hotel prior to his departure.
“That is why I will learn the car, the track, and the team. There is no excuse to lose.”
The 31-year-old Pastor, who’s been racing for 15 years now, competed in just one race last year, unlike now when he will be joining the entire tour.
Consisting of 28 drivers, the series will tour around France, United Kingdom, and Italy.
For him to have a shot at a podium finish against some of the world’s top drivers, Pastor said he must be very patient and needs to study his opponent.
“Based on experience, dapat mas patient ako, kasi sa past races ko, erratic `yung ibang drivers kaya dapat composed lang kasi mind game ito eh,” he said.
“At dapat you know your opponent, importante kasi yun,” he added.
A big boost to the Filipino’s campaign is his recent partnership with the Toleman Motorsports Management under legendary former Formula One visionary Ted Toleman, the guy credited for guiding the career of Formula One champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil in the 80s and 90s.