Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) made it flag to flag in Brands Hatch in a spectacular three way battle to grab his maiden win in the ELITE 1 division. The Italian fended off every attack brought by Marc Goossens (#91 Braxx Racing Chevrolet Camaro) and Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) and became the first ELITE 2 Champion to reach Victory Lane in Euro NASCAR’s top division. Ercoli edged Goossens by just 0.162 seconds and Day by 0.651 seconds.
“It was such a hard race. All the drivers behind me were very fast so I had to defend my position at every corner of every lap,” said Ercoli, who last led laps in Venray in 2016. “The last lap was the hardest of all because I ran a little bit wide and left the door open for Marc. I am so happy to have grabbed my first victory in ELITE 1. It was a dream of mine to win a NASCAR race here at Brands Hatch and now we did it!”
After an early red flag due to a multi-car crash involving, among others, the cars of Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro), Bert Longin (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Julien Schell (#29 Pegasus Racing Chevrolet SS) – all of them were forced to retire – Goossens overtook Day for second and the leaders engaged in an exciting battle for first in front of the huge British crowd.
Day retook second on lap 15 on the 30-lap race and in the last lap made a move for the lead, but it didn’t pay off and Goossens took advantage of it to grab the second spot on the podium. Yesterday’s win and today’s fourth place under the checkered flag granted Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) the crown of King Of Brands Hatch and a consistent points lead before the Oval World Challenge.
Christophe Bouchut (#66 Dexwet-Df1 Racing) scored a solid top-5 for Dexwet DF1 Racing while local hero Alex Sedgwick (#90 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) scored an hard-fought sixth place and grabbed the second spot on the Junior Trophy podium, edging fellow Junior Trophy competitor Martin Doubek (#7 Belgium Driver Academy Ford Mustang).
Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS), Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Romain Iannetta (#32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang) put a spectacular battle for the eight place and completed the top-10 in order.
Both Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) and Bobby Labonte (#18 YACCO RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) technical problems with their cars and were forced to retire.
By crossing the finish line in 13th place, Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry) won the Challenger Trophy race ahead of Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Mauro Trione (#31 Race Art Technologie – Blu Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro).
The ELITE 1 Division will be back to action on June 30 – July 1 in France for first edition of Oval World Challenge on the challenging short track built in downtown Tours.
ELITE 1 ROUND 6 – PENALTY REPORT
- # 33 – Drive Through – Avoidable collision # 11 at Turn 3 (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 2)
- # 12 – Drive Through – Avoidable collision # 37 between Turn 3 and Turn 4 (equivalent add 30 seconds to the elapsed time of the Elite 1 Race 2)