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American SpeedFest VI Trumps the rest

Sunday, June 10 2018

American SpeedFest returned to Brands Hatch in spectacular fashion with two NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) races on the Indy circuit, and a surprise appearance from 'Donald Trump', who officially opened the event.

Trump impersonator Mike Osman kicked things off with a dramatic opening as he was flown into the middle of the circuit in a helicopter by MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer. 'Trump' and his entourage then travelled to the front of the grid by motorcade to launch the opening ceremony and grid walk with a speech.

Following the speech, a mass of SpeedFest race fans descended upon the grid for photo opportunities, autographs, and the chance to sample the pre-race atmosphere.

The racing that followed was fantastic as Gianmarco Ercoli charged to his first Elite 1 NWES win after a hard fought battle with Marc Goossens and Alon Day. The three nearly came together on the final lap and it was Ercoli that emerged first from the three-way drag race down the back straight to claim track position and eventual victory.

The Italian victor celebrated by bringing his car to a halt on the start-finish line by the chequered flag before heading to Victory Lane in the heart of the venue to celebrate with the fans. Alex Sedgwick did Britain proud with sixth place in the main event.

Aside from the headline NASCAR action, there was simply loads going on, from a foot-long hot dog eating competition, to a Live Action Arena hosted by American superbike star James Rispoli. Other highlights included dinosaur shows - they're not quite extinct - and appearances from Star Wars characters, with plenty of live music, headlined by California band Lucky Tongue.

SpeedFest VI also benefited from an expanded broadcast team, with regular commentator Chris Dawes joined in the box by American sportscaster Brian Drebber, whilst local journalist Dan Wright scoured the pit-lane for the latest news, and Paul Woodford explored the massive off-track show.