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Gabillon finds his way to Victory Lane at Brands Hatch


In his 65th NASCAR Whelen Euro Series start Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) scored his first ever win at the legendary Brands Hatch Indy Circuit by leading the ELITE 1 Round 5 from flag to flag in what was his 10th NWES career win and the first of the season. The Frenchman held off Marc Goossens (#90 Braxx Racing Chevrolet SS) through two restarts after starting from the pole and behind the frontrunners, the battle for third was incredibly exciting.

After six cars frantically exchanged positions for the last 13 laps of the race, Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) ended up third and won the Junior Trophy ahead of Francesco Sini (#12 Solaris Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro). The Italian scored his first NASCAR top-5 edging Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) and Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) who climbed to sixth after completing the first lap in 15th place.

"It was a tough race with Marc right behind me," said Gabillon in Victory Lane. "He was really fast and he put a lot of pressure on me. My car was quite good so I was able to keep him behind. I am so happy and my team did such a great job this weekend, it is a great reward for us and the work we put in the cars. It was a long race and because of the safety car it was hard to keep the tyres warm. We are looking forward to tomorrow now!"

"Once I was in second I thought about the bigger picture and I didn’t even want to try something, because when you start sixth on a track like Brands Hatch it’s so tough to overtake. With the safety car situations and restarts I managed to put my experience to good use and moved up. It is very tight there up front," said Goossens. "When I look at the qualifying results I have to be very pleased with this second place, Ercoli beat me on the quickest lap time on the last lap so I will not start from the pole tomorrow. At least it will be a better starting point than today’s."

Christophe Bouchut (#66 Dexwet-DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) joined the battle up front at the wheel of his Camaro and ended up seventh ahead of Alex Sedgwick (#90 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) who grabbed the second spot on the Junior Trophy podium in front of his home crowd. The young Briton lost a few spots in the battle for fourth in the second half of the race.

Reigning ELITE 2 champion Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), who grabbed the last spot on the Junior Trophy podium, and Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAA Racing Chevrolet SS) rounded out the top-10.

NASCAR Legend Bobby Labonte (#18 YACCO RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) started 15th and fought back to twelfth under the checkered flag. Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) won the fight for the Challenger Trophy by finishing 17th right in front of his competitor Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry). Didier Bec (#51 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) grabbed the third spot on the Challenger Trophy podium.

It was an unfortunate race for both for Ercoli and reigning NWES champion Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry), who were involved in the accident that led to the second caution of the race on lap 7. Both went after the pole position and Ercoli was able to post a lap that will grant him the first spot on the grid on Sunday.

The ELITE 1 will return to action on Sunday at 2:25pm CET. The ELITE 2 Round 5 will take place at 18:05pm CET on Saturday.

ELITE 1 ROUND 5 – PENALTY REPORT

  • #90 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision # 9 at Turn 1 after restart Safety Car
  • #32 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision # 77 at Turn 55
  • #7 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision and force another driver out the track # 11 at Turn 4

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Gabillon trouve le chemin de la Victory Lane à Brands Hatch


Pour son soixante-cinquième départ en NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Frédéric Gabillon (n°3 Tepac RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) décroche sa toute première victoire sur le légendaire tracé de Brands Hatch en menant la cinquième course de la saison ÉLITE 1 de bout en bout. Il décroche ainsi sa dixième victoire en carrière, sa première cette saison. Le Français a résisté à Marc Goossens (n°90 Braxx Racing Chevrolet SS). Derrière, la bagarre pour la dernière place du podium a été des plus exaltantes.

Loris Hezemans (n°50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) remporte la bataille pour le podium et la Junior Trophy par la même occasion. Il devance Francesco Sini (n°12 Solaris Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro). L’Italien décroche son premier top 5 en NASCAR en résistant au double champion Anthony Kumpen (n°24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) et Lucas Lasserre (n°33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) qui termine sixième après avoir bouclé le premier tour en quinzième position.

"C’était une course difficile avec Marc juste derrière moi," confiait Gabillon sur la Victory Lane. "Il était rapide et m’a mis la pression. Ma voiture était bonne alors j’ai pu le garder derrière moi. Je suis très heureux et mon équipe à fait de l’excellent travail ce week-end. C’était une longue course et avec la voiture de sécurité c’était délicat de garder les pneumatiques en température. Maintenant nous sommes focalisés sur la course de demain."

"Une fois que j’étais en deuxième position je pensais à lieu, mais je n’ai rien tenté, car lorsque vous partez en sixième position sur une piste comme Brands Hatch, c’est difficile de dépasser. Avec toutes les naturalisations j’ai géré pour faire les bons dépassements," a déclaré Goossens. "Si je regarde le résultat des qualifications, je suis satisfait de cette deuxième place. Ercoli m’à battu au tour le plus rapide donc je ne partirai pas de la pole demain, mais ce sera d’une meilleure place qu’aujourd’hui."

Christophe Bouchut (n°66 Dexwet-DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) termine septième devant Alex Sedgwick (n°90 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) qui prend la deuxième place du Junior Trophy à domicile. Le Britannique a perdu quelques positions dans la seconde partie de la course.

Champion en titre en ÉLITE 2 Thomas Ferrando (n°37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) accroche la troisième place du Junior Trophy podium. Nicolò Rocca (n°56 CAA Racing Chevrolet SS) complète le top 10 de cette cinquième course ÉLITE 1 de la saison.

Bobby Labonte (n°18 YACCO RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) termine douzième après s’être élancé de la quinzième place. Dario Caso (n°8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) s’impose au Challenger Trophy en terminant devant le Japonais Kenko Miura (n°2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry). Didier Bec (n°51 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) termine troisième du Challenger Trophy.

Gianmarco Ercoli et le champion en titre Alon Day (n°54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry), ont été impliqués dans un accident au septième tour. Avant l’accident l’Italien a été en mesure de signer le meilleur temps, ce qui lui assure la pole position ce dimanche.

La division ÉLITE 1 sera de retour en piste ce dimanche à 14 h 25 CET.

ELITE 1 ROUND 5 – PENALTY REPORT

  • #90 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision # 9 at Turn 1 after restart Safety Car
  • #32 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision # 77 at Turn 55
  • #7 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision and force another driver out the track # 11 at Turn 4

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Gabillon holt ersten Sieg in Brands Hatch


In seinem 65. NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Start hat Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDC Compétition Toyota Camry) seinen ersten Sieg am Indy-Kurs in Brands Hatch geholt. Er dominierte die fünfte Runde der ELITE 1 mit einem Start-Ziel-Sieg. Es war der zehnte Karriere- und zweite Saisonsieg des Franzosen. Er schaffte es, Marc Goossen (#90 Braxx Racing Chevrolet SS) trotz zwei Restarts hinter sich zu halten. Hinter dem Spitzenduo entwickelten sich einige spannende Kämpfe.

In den letzten 13 Runden des Rennens kämpften sechs Fahrer intensiv um die Positionen hinter dem Spitzenduo. Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) setzte sich durch, landete auf Platz drei und sicherte sich so den dritten Platz in der Junior Trophy. Francesco Sini (#12 Solaris Motorsport Ford Mustang) kam auf Rang vier ins Ziel. Es war das erste Top-5-Resultat des Italieners in seiner NWES Karriere. Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) kam vor Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) ins Ziel, der sich von Platz 15 nach vorne gekämpft hatte.

"Es war ein hartes Rennen, weil ich Marc in meinem Nacken hatte", so Gabillon. "Er war sehr schnell und hat mich heftig unter Druck gesetzt. Mein Auto war ganz gut, weshalb ich ihn hinter mir halten konnte. Ich bin sehr glücklich und mein Team hat einen tollen Job gemacht. Der Sieg ist eine tolle Belohnung für die Arbeit, die wir ins Auto gesteckt haben. Es war ein langes Rennen und wegen der Safety-Car-Phasen war es nicht einfach, die Reifen auf Temperatur zu halten. Ich freue mich schon auf den Lauf morgen!"

"Als ich auf Platz zwei war, habe ich das große Bild gesehen und nichts mehr versucht", sagt Goossens. "Wenn man von Platz sechs aus in ein Rennen auf einer Strecke wie Brands Hatch startet, ist es schwierig zu überholen. Bei den Neustarts habe ich meine Erfahrung genutzt und mich nach vorne gekämpft. Vorne ging es dann richtig eng zu. Wenn ich mir die Ergebnisse im Qualifying ansehen, muss ich mit Platz zwei sehr zufrieden sein. Ercoli hat mich in der letzten Runde im Rennen um die schnellste Runde geschlagen, weshalb ich morgen nicht von der Pole-Position starten werde. Immerhin ist es eine bessere Startposition als heute."

Christophe Bouchut (#66 Dexwet-DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) mischte im Kampf um die Spitzenpositionen mit und landete letztendlich auf Rang sieben direkt vor Alex Sedgwick (#90 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang), der sich vor seinem Heimpublikum den zweiten Platz auf dem Junior Trophy Podium sicherte. Der Brite hatte in der ersten Rennhälfte einige Positionen im Kampf um Platz vier verloren.

Der aktuelle ELITE 2 Champion Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), der auf Platz drei in der Junior Trophy landete, und Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) komplettierten die Top 10.

NASCAR Legende Bobby Labonte (#18 YACCO RDV Compéition Toyota Camry) kämpfte sich von Platz 15 auf Rang zwölf vor. Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) besiegte im Kampf um den Challenger Trophy Sieg Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry) und Didier Bec (#51 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang).

Ercoli und ELITE 1 Champion Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) hatten im Rennen viel Pech. Beide wurden in Runde 7 in einen Unfall verwickelt. Ercoli fuhr aber die schnellste Rennrunde und sicherte sich somit die Pole-Position für Sonntag.

Die ELITE 1 Division wird am Sonntag um 14:25 Uhr CET ihr zweiten Rennen austragen. Das fünfte Saisonrennen am Samstag startet um 18:05 Uhr CET.

ELITE 1 ROUND 5 – PENALTY REPORT

  • #90 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision # 9 at Turn 1 after restart Safety Car
  • #32 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision # 77 at Turn 55
  • #7 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision and force another driver out the track # 11 at Turn 4

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Gabillon ritrova la Victory Lane a Brands Hatch


Al suo 65esimo start nella NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) ha conquistato la sua prima vittoria sul leggendario tracciato di Brands Hatch, dominando il Round 5 della Divisione ELITE 1 e portando così a casa la decima vittoria in carriera. Il francese, partito dalla pole, ha contenuto Marc Goossens (#90 Braxx Racing Chevrolet SS) nei due restart mentre dietro i due capofila la lotta per il terzo gradino del podio si è infiammata regalando uno spettacolo eccezionale.

Dopo una battaglia durata 13 giri in cui sei vetture si sono continuamente scambiate le posizioni, Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) ha chiuso al terzo posto, portando a casa anche la vittoria nello Junior Trophy, davanti a Francesco Sini (#12 Solaris Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro). Il pilota italiano ha conquistato la sua prima Top5 della sua carriera NASCAR e ha preceduto Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) e Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS), risalito fino al sesto posto dopo aver chiuso il primo giro in 15esima posizione.

"E’ stata una gara difficile con Marc sempre con il fiato sul collo," ha detto Gabillon in Victory Lane. "Era davvero molto veloce e mi ha messo molta pressione. La mia macchina era abbastanza veloce e sono riuscito a tenerlo dietro. Sono molto felice, il team ha fatto un lavoro fantastico questo weekend. Questo risultato è la giusta ricompensa per tutti i nostri sforzi. E’ stata una gara lunga a causa della safety car che ha reso difficile tenere le gomme in temperatura. E ora pensiamo alla gara di domani!"

"Una volta conquistato il secondo posto, ho pensato solo a portare il risultato a casa. Quando parti sesto e rimonti fino al podio su una pista come Brands Hatch dove è difficile sorpassare, devi anche saperti accontentare. Ho approfittato delle safety car e della mia esperienza per farmi largo nella prima metà gara. Siamo tutti molto vicini qui." ha detto Goossens. "Guardando le qualifiche, dobbiamo essere molto contenti del risultato di oggi. Ercoli ha portato a casa la pole e così non partirò in prima fila domani. Sarà comunque una posizione di partenza migliore di quella di oggi."

Christophe Bouchut (#66 Dexwet-DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) ha chiuso al settimo posto con la sua Camaro, appena davanti Alex Sedgwick (#90 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang), secondo sul podio dello Junior Trophy davanti al pubblico di casa. Il giovane inglese ha perso alcune posizioni nella battaglia per la quarta posizione nella seconda metà della corsa.

Il Campione della Divisione ELITE 2 Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), terzo nello Junior Trophy, e Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAA Racing Chevrolet SS) hanno chiuso la Top10.

La leggenda NASCAR Bobby Labonte (#18 YACCO RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) è partito in 15esima posizione e ha lottato risalendo fino alla 12esima posizione sotto la bandiera a scacchi. Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) ha portato a casa la vittoria nel Challenger Trophy, chiudendo al 17esimo posto davanti a Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry). Didier Bec (#51 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) è risultato terzo tra i piloti del Trofeo Challenger.

E’ stata una gara sfortunata sia per Ercoli che per il campione in carica Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry), entrambi coinvolti nell’incidente che ha portato alla seconda caution al giro 7. Ercoli partirà dalla pole nella gara di domani.

La Divisione ELITE 1 ritornerà in pista domenica alle 14:25, mentre l’ELITE 2 scatterà per la sua prima corsa del weekend oggi alle 18:05.

ELITE 1 ROUND 5 – PENALTY REPORT

  • #90 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision # 9 at Turn 1 after restart Safety Car
  • #32 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision # 77 at Turn 55
  • #7 – Drive Through (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 1). Avoidable collision and force another driver out the track # 11 at Turn 4

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