The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is off to the United Kingdom for one of the most prestigious and popular events of the season: the Brands Hatch American Speedfest. The historic Indy Circuit will host the NASCAR GP UK for the sixth time and crown the successor of Alon Day on the throne of King Of Brands Hatch.
Frederic Gabillon will enter the third event of the season as the points leader with three points on Anthony Kumpen and seven on Lucas Lasserre. Thomas Ferrando, Alon Day and Stienes Longin follow less than 30 points behind Gabillon, who never won at Brands Hatch despite scoring a record seven podiums in 10 attempts.
Day and Kumpen split the last four races at the British track and are the main favorites for the June 9-10 NASCAR GP, but with 10 NWES race winners on the grid, the battle for the coveted crown of King of Brands Hatch will be tougher than ever.
NASCAR Legend Bobby Labonte, who made his way back into the top-10 in points, will be on the attack thanks to last year’s experience at Brands Hatch ad will look to rebound from a complicated Italian round.
With three different drivers winning the first four rounds, the ELITE 2 Division has been the usual source for unpredictable results and spectacular races. The outcome of an exciting start of the season is a 17 points blanket covering the first six drivers in the points standings.
Wilfried Boucenna, who used all his talent and experience to overcome a difficult weekend at Franciacorta, will cross the Channel from his native France holding an 11-point advantage on Guillaume Deflandre. Rookie Cup leader Nicholas Risitano is third, ahead of a Guillaume Dumarey fresh of his first career win. Brazilian Felipe Rabello and his fellow countryman Marconi Abreu are tied for fifth overall.
The list of on-track and off-track attractions – ranging from live concerts to hot-dog eating competitions, and a huge american-car display – highlighting the Brands Hatch weekend is too long to mention everything and spectacular enough to make SpeedFest a can’t-miss event for fans and families from all over Europe.
All the races of the NASCAR GP UK will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, on the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Youtube channel, on the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page, on Motorsport.tv, on hln.be and on many sites across the web.
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ELITE 1 Division
Qualifying a key to success at Brands Hatch – 10 out of the last 12 ELITE 1 races at the twisty British track have been won from the first row of the grid. Six of those ten wins went to the pole sitter. The winner coming from deepest in the field was Romain Iannetta, who drove from eight to first in 2015. Expect a ferocious battle for the fastest time on Saturday morning.
Caso leads the way in the Challenger Trophy - Dario Caso gained a little ground at Franciacorta in the Challenger Trophy but the first four drivers will arrive at Brands Hatch separated by just 14 points. Jerry De Weerdt, Angelo Rogari and Marconi Abreu are encompassed in just 5 points and will see the NASCAR GP UK as a good opportunity to close the gap.
Rocca Returns - Another past race winner will join the grid at Brands Hatch. A former Brands Hatch pole sitter, Nicolò Rocca will be back in NWES at the wheel of the #56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet. The 24-year-old Italian features 3 ELITE 1 wins and 4 poles in his palmares and finished fourth in points in 2016.
ELITE 2 Division
Boucenna and Brands Hatch: a love/hate relationship - Boucenna definitely has a special relationship with Brands Hatch. The British track hosted the Frenchman’s first ELITE 2 win in 2014 when he came from 13th to 1st in spectacular fashion. It also earned him the "Iron Man" nickname thanks to a fiery crash on the way up to Druids in 2015.
Consistency paying off for Risitano in the Rookie Cup – After scoring his first career podium in his debut at Valencia, Nicholas Risitano used consistency as his main weapon at Franciacorta, leaving his home track third in points and first in the Rookie Cup, with 22 marks on Maxim Pampel and Florian Venturi, who are tied for second. The Italian driver is the only one who never finished outside the top-10 in the ELITE 2 Division.
De Weerdt on top in the Legend Trophy – Two-time Legend Trophy winner Jerry De Weerdt retook the points lead on his path to a third consecutive title in the trophy dedicated to drivers aged 40 and over. The Belgian, who holds a 13-points advantage on Arianna Casoli, looks poised to widen the gap at the track where he won the special classification twice in 2017.