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Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) crushed the field in the ELITE 2 Round 4 to sweep the Brands Hatch weekend, further extend his points lead and grab the Prince Of Brands Hatch title.
The driver of the #37 Knauf Racing Ford Mustang started from the pole in the last race of the American SpeedFest after dominating Saturday’s Round 3 and it was clear from the very first lap that the Frenchman’s opponents. Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) tried his best to keep the pace set by the 19-year Pertuise, France native, but the gap kept growing and the Belgian had to surrender second place to a solid Ulysse Delsaux (#3 McDonald's RDV Compétition Toyota Camry), settling for third under the checkered flag to win the Rookie Cup.
Ferrando crossed the finish line with an impressive 6.792 seconds margin on his fellow countryman Delsaux.
“We had a fantastic race and I can’t believe we swept the weekend with back-to-back wins! This is really amazing! Especially here at Brands Hatch, such a historic track and such a really great place. I felt really good throughout the race and had a good rhythm going. The car handled really well,” said Ferrando, who got the seventh win of his career and the third at Brands Hatch. “Everybody on the Knauf Racing Team does such an amazing job. Olivier is an excellent spotter and we work really well together, the engineers, the mechanics and everybody who supports us. They are very dedicated and work really hard on these cars throughout the race weekend. Not just my car, but also my teammates’ 73 Knauf Racing Team car. I can’t say enough about the incredible support I receive from Knauf. I want to thank them, my fans and of course my family for everything. I feel really humbled.”
“I really enjoy racing at Brands Hatch and I wanted a victory here so bad this weekend. My competition is really good and we raced really hard to finish in second. I stayed calm and focused throughout the race to make sure I didn’t lose any speed in the corners. It paid off with my podium finish. I’m so happy, this is a legendary track where Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna and Jack Brabham and many others all raced. I’m really honored to be able to say I raced here too.” said Delsaux. “ A driver sometimes has to take a risk and without risk there is no reward. I have to thank all the fans that were here this weekend. We had a lot of fun and it was very nice to see them all during the grid walk and autograph sessions. I also must want to thank my family for all their support and also my great sponsors.”
Fourth behind Dumarey finished polish rookie Maciej Dreszer (#66 DF1 Racing Chevrolet), while Martin Doubek (#5 Renauer Motorsport Ford Mustang) brought home a solid top-5 for his Renauer Motorsport team.
Felipe Rabello was sixth ahead of Marconi De Abreu (#47 RDV Competition Brazil) and Japanesse rookie Yuya Sakamoto (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry). Jerry De Weerdt (#78 Brass Racing Ford Mustang) won the Legend Trophy with the eight place under the checkered flag and Gil Linster (#44 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) rounded out the top-10. Carmen Boix Gil (#46 Racing Total Chevrolet SS) took the Lady Cup win in 18th place.
The Raceway Venray half-mile oval will host the next round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series on July 15-16.