Alex Cascatău Commits to Full Season Assault on Romanian Endurance Series with Junior Motorsport
Alex Cascatău, the 2021 Romanian Endurance Series Touring Division & 2019 A2 Category champion is back in a tin top for another go at glory in Romania’s premier circuit racing series, this time partnering with Junior Motorsport in the A1 class.
The Romanian Endurance Series (RES) is one of Alex Cascatău’s favorite battlegrounds. Already a two-time champion of the series, the Constanța native is back for 2022 in his bid to act as both a coach and drive for the newly-formed Junior Motorsport operation. With no less than three Peugeot 206 RCs lined up on the grid, all built to compete in the A1 class, Junior Motorsport is serious in its intentions to climb the ladder of Romanian motorsports in only its second season.
The team, established by seasoned team owner/driver George Ladopoulos, has set its sights on circuit racing after sweeping the floor in the national autocross series last year. The team’s stalwarts, all youngsters aged 12 to 17 years old will take on the challenge of competing in the popular Touring car division of the RES. Cascatău will share one of the Peugeot’s with Radu Tămaș, 17, who won the J2 class of the National Super-Slalom championship in his first year behind the wheel.
Tămaș and the four other kids that Junior Motorsport is introducing to the RES family have already shaken down the three Peugeots during a track day that took place last weekend. The shake-down itself proved that the lack of ABS is an undesirable feature on a 175-horsepower Hot Hatch but there was also plenty of enthusiasm in the air as the kids edged ever closer to the A1 class’ target time of 2:04.
Cascatău and Tămaș are only a few days away from their first race together as the RES schedules its first racing weekend on March 5-6. The Saturday is filled by some free practice sessions and it all gets pretty serious on Sunday when a pair of one-hour sprint races are scheduled, both, as usual, with a mandatory pit stop in the middle. For the time being, this full-scale assault on the national circuit racing scene is Alex’s only confirmed program for 2022 as he aims to help Junior Motorsport’s group of young talents to keep improving throughout what is considered to be a season of learning
The Romanian Endurance Series' calendar for 2022:
Motor Park Romania / March 5-6
Transilvania Motor Ring / April 2-3
Transilvania Motor Ring / June 25-26
RES 500 @ Motor Park Romania (Endurance round) / August 27-28
Motor Park Romania / October 29-30
Alex Cascatău: „I’m happy to be able to return in the Romanian Endurance Series once again after clinching the RES Touring and RES Teams’ trophies last year. This will be the first time in a while that I’ll be contesting all of the races and, if all goes according to plan, I hope to battle towards the front of the A1 pack in the latter half of the season. The Junior Motorsport team as a whole is faced with a steep learning curve and my main goal is to help our drivers improve their craft on the racetrack.”