Alex Cascatău Skips GT & Prototype Challenge Rounds, Switches Focus to 2022
It’s no secret that the 2021 season hasn’t been kind to Alex Cascatău. Following a string of mechanical failures that have effectively put him and Baticonsult Racing team-mate Alain Berg out of the running for the CN class title, the Romanian has elected to forgo the final three rounds of the GT & Prototype season in order to regroup and focus on 2022.
What should’ve been a full-season assault on the competitive CN class that grabs many of the headlines in the Dutch GT & Prototype Series, turned into a dismal affair for Alex Cascatău who is now stepping down from the series to evaluate his options for the future. Currently sitting fifth in the CN class standings with 52 points, Cascatău has decided to sit out the final three outings that had been planned in 2021, namely rounds five, six, and seven that are to be held at Assen and Spa-Francorchamps respectively.
Cascatău’s decision has come after intense discussions with the Baticonsult Racing crew and all of their partners and, given the options that are still on the table, the most reasonable decision was taken although it was by no means an easy one. In spite of two retirements and a DNS (in the second race at Hockenheim), the team can still look back on its second-place finish in the first race at Zolder and, also, its class-topping pace in practice and qualifying.
The Romanian is currently looking forward to the 2022 season while keeping himself busy training in the simulator as a new Racing League Romania season has already commenced. Physical training will also be part of Alex’s off-season activities as the Constanța native is keen to keep the ball rolling and further his career next year.
While multiple options are being examined, Alex hopes to be able to continue to move up the ladder having proven himself over the past couple of seasons as a fast and reliable CN-class driver who’s both able to be the pace-setter in qualifying as well as the race – be it in the dry or in the midle of a downpour. The eye-opening LMP3 test conducted at the tail end of 2020 is something that Cascatău has vowed to repeat and there may be even more where that came from.
First and foremost, I must say I’m gutted that we were not in a position to successfully defend our CN crown this season as we’ve constantly been chased by bad luck. Our few good days, especially the podium at Zolder, underline the fact that we’ve been strong in 2021 and that we could’ve brought the fight to Deldiche Racing had all the pieces of the puzzle been there. As it is, I’m now more focused than ever on trying to sort things out for next year as this hit-and-miss year has me hungry for more victories in the future. I’ll announce what my plans are as soon as possible, but there's no secret that I'm trying to step up to LMP3 level. Finally, I must give out huge thanks to all my partners to for sticking with me through these less than impressive times. Our luck will surely turn around!
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