Alon Day and Lasse Soerensen shared the NASCAR Whelen Series (NWES) spoils on a scorching opening day of American SpeedFest 7 on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit this afternoon (Saturday).
Israel's Day, who has previously won at Brands Hatch on a number of occasions, claimed victory in the opening NWES race for the Elite 1 professional drivers with a calculated performance after starting third on the grid.
Day spent the opening stages of the race in line behind race leader Stienes Longin and Loris Hezemans before the latter started to suffer with his car's performance and dropped away. This allowed Day to chase down long-time leader Longin and pounce for the win after a side-by-side manoeuver on the Brabham Straight.
Longin held on to secure second position, whilst Nicolo Rocca rose to claim the final position on the podium, just ahead of 1991 Formula Ford Festival winner Marc Goosens and Lucas Lasserre.
Ant Whorton-Eales was the leading Brit in the Elite 1 race, with his eighth place placing him just ahead of Hezemans who faded in the latter part of the race. 1997 F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve ended up 15th after suffering from a fuel issue late on.
NWES Elite 1, Race 1
1, A Day, Chevrolet SS, 38 laps
2, S Longin, Chevrolet Camaro, +0.950s
3, N Rocca, Chevrolet Camaro, +1.383s
4, M Goossens, Ford Mustang, +9.507s
5, L Lasserre, Chevrolet Camaro, +12.080s
In the Elite 2 NWES race, it was the senational Dane Lasse Soerensen that claimed the win after a storming charge from the very back of the grid. Soerensen blended rocketship pace with a talent for avioding trouble to bring himself into contention late on, and was running second by the time the race entered its final lap.
Long-time leader Florian Venturi was to suffer heartbreak as his car spluttered to a reduced pace as the final lap began, handing Soerensen the position whilst he cruised home to fourth place.
Britain's Scott Jeffs claimed a hard earned second position, whilst India's Advait Deodhar claimed thr final spot on the podium.
NWES Elite 2, Race 1
1, L Soerensen, Chevrolet Camaro, 30 laps
2, S Jeffs, Chevrolet Camaro, +1.873s
3, A Deodhar, Chevrolet SS, +2.519s
4, F Venturi, Chevrolet Camaro, +5.325s
5, V Ghirelli, Ford Mustang, +6.289s
For full race results from American SpeedFest 7, click here.
Away from the NWES action, SpeedFest's sunny Saturday had plenty to offer including car displays, stunt shows, and much more all of which will be expanded tomorrow. For a full list of everything you can see and do around the venue, head over to www.speedfest.co.uk.
Tickets are available on the gate tomorrow for £30 with FREE entry for under-13s.