WEST KINGSDOWN, England – Alon Day continued his winning ways Saturday at Brands Hatch by earning his third-straight NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 1 victory.
The Israeli took the win from the hands of Stienes Longin with a great move late in the 38-lap race to expand his championship lead.
It was not an easy task though for the 28-year-old driver from Ashdod, Israel. Day started third behind polesitter Longin and Loris Hezemans. The two-time champion managed to pass Hezemans on lap 10 and then begin hunt down pole sitter Longin.
While Hezemans couldn’t keep the leaders pace, Day caught Longin and Nicolo Rocca joined the pair, ready to take advantage of any mistake. On lap 31 Day made his move and took the win from Longin.
Rocca finished a close third behind Longin and grabbed the Junior Trophy win.
“I’m so happy to win again here at Brands Hatch,” said Day, who has won three times at the English track. “I have to be honest, I didn’t expect it. After qualifying I thought Stienes would dominate this one. I don’t know what happened to Loris, but the battle with Nicolo and Stienes was great. This stuff is normal here at Brands Hatch as it’s hard to overtake here. I was very patience and it paid off.”
“It was a tough battle,” said Longin. “They fought behind me and I managed to open a gap. Alon was faster and so he passed me. Also Nicolo was very fast, so it was not easy to keep the second position. I’m happy with the second place but I would have loved to win here in front of this spectacular crowd.”
Marc Goossens finished fourth after climbing the ranks from seventh. Former Brands Hatch race winner Romain Iannetta rounded out the top-five, bringing home his best result of the season.
Henri Tuomaala grabbed the Challenger Trophy win by finishing 17th in the overall ELITE 1 standings.