Drivers

Denis Dupont

FIVE FACTS

Helping hand: Dupont can credit his country’s motorsport federation for his WTCR chance – and his previous exploits in TCR Benelux. As a member of the RACB National Team, Dupont has been steadily building his touring car experience, initially on home soil and now at world level.

Fast-learner: Learning fast is one of Dupont’s “good points” an attribute that will doubtless come in handy in 2018 as he attempts to cancel out his lack of WTCR circuit knowledge. “Last year it was the same in TCR International, I did not know Dubai or Zhejiang but still I was fast so I am not very worried about learning new tracks.”

The Bas and Marc show: Two of Belgium’s finest, Marc Duez and Bas Leinders, play a key role in guiding Dupont’s career: “I train five times a week and I also get a coach, Marc Duez or Bas Leinders, during the race weekends or whenever I have a question.”

Masterplan: Having raced karts both nationally and internationally from 2008 Dupont brought his career to a temporary halt to complete his Masters degree, a five-year process in Belgium.

Did you know? Dupont switched to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2014, placing fifth in the Elite 2 class with two race victories.