Vilarino Conquers Brands Hatch
FAWKHAM, England – Two-time NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Ander Vilarino won for the second time this season at Brands Hatch, leading every lap of the ELITE 1 Sunday Race after starting from the pole position.
Anthony Kumpen finished second and took the championship lead.
It’s Vilarino’s 15th career win in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the four
th on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.
“I’m very happy for this win. I want to thank the TFT-Banco Santader team because they gave me a great car,” the Spaniard said.
“It’s great to win here in the U.K., in front of so many passionate fans. I definitely want to continue this way for the rest of the season.”
Vilarino had a very good start but it wasn’t easy for him. He had to push hard to build a 2.5-second advantage over Anthony Kumpen in the first part of the 25-minute race. The yellow flag waved with less than 8 minutes to go when William Ayer Jr. found himself in the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend.
The restart saw Vilarino maintain the lead ahead of Kumpen and Christophe Bouchut.
Vilarino took the checkered flag, followed by Kumpen and Bouchut. Garcia finished fourth while Bas Leinders had the better hand in a nail-biting battle for fifth place, edging Frederic Gabillon, Fabrizio Armetta and Nicolò Rocca.
Markus Palttala and Anthony Gandon completed the top 10.
Rocca won the Jerome Sarran Trophy ovew Gandon and Simone Monforte, while Armetta climbed the top spot of the podium in the Challenger Trophy, preceding Dominic Tiroch and Cassiano Rodrigues.
The next ELITE 1 race will take at the Tours Speedway, the half-mile oval built in downtown Tours that every year hosts the Daytona 500 of the European NASCAR Championship.