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It’s the fans that win at Brands Hatch on sizzling SpeedFest Sunday

Sunday, June 02 2019

Brands Hatch hosted a scorching American SpeedFest 7 Sunday today with thrilling on-track action from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES), huge car displays, and a wealth of other off-track action.

Frederic Gabillon claimed the spoils in the showpiece Elite 1 NWES race amidst the heat of the afternoon, holding off a spirited challenge from Stienes Longin to secure his place in Victory Lane. Saturday winner Alon Day came home third to secure the 'King of Brands' crown once more, ahead of Alexander Graff and three-time series champion Ander Vilarino.

1997 F1 World Champion produced a feisty challenge in the mid-pack, eventually fighting his way through to eighth place.

NWES Elite 1

1, F Gabillon, Chevrolet SS, 38 laps
2, S Longin, Chevrolet Camaro, +0.284s
3, A Day, Chevrolet SS, +1.067s
4, A Graff, Chevrolet Camaro, +1.519s
5, A Vilarino, Ford Mustang, +1.743s

The Elite 1 acrtion was preceded by a full-on opening ceremony, featuring a grand opening with 'Elvis Presley', live Dixieland music, cheerleaders, driver introductions, and more.

In the Elite 2 NWES class, Lasse Soerensen who completed a weekend double after storming through the pack once more to defeat Andre Castro and Giorgio Maggi. Florian Venturi finished fourth, just ahead of Scott Jeffs, the leading Brit on the grid.

NWES Elite 2

1, L Soerensen, Chevrolet Camaro, 30 laps
2, A Castro, Chevrolet Camaro, +0.421s
3, G Maggi, Ford Mustang, +0.772s
4, F Venturi, Chevrolet Camaro, +1.179s
5, S Jeffs, Chevrolet Camaro, +2.953s

For full race results from American SpeedFest 7, click here.

As ever, Brands Hatch was transformed into a scene from Daytona Beach for the day with a stunning selection of American muscle cars filling the venue in massive car displays. Many of these even took to the circuit for an end of day parade, whilst another parade earlier in the day celebrated the 55th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. 

Other off-track highlights included appearances from iconic movie cars such as Ecto-1 from the Ghostbusters films, as well as machines from the Transformers movies. The Live Action Arena was a real hub of entertainment too, with stunt shows including the incredible Swamp Thing monster truck.

Gabillon and Soerensen may have won on the circuit, but everyone was a winner at SpeedFest 7 - see you next year!