Boucenna Takes Another At Brands Hatch

Wilfried Boucenna captured the win Sunday at Brands Hatch. (Stephane Azemard photo)

FAWKHAM, England – Wilfried Boucenna closed in the best way in the American Speedfest at Brands Hatch, with his second consecutive win in the ELITE 2 division Sunday.

It stretched his lead in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship standings over his teammate Thomas Ferrando, who was second.

Boucenna started from the pole and briefly lost the lead to Luca Pirri after an early restart, but when he got back in front on lap seven, he immediately built a little cushion, while the Italian engaged a tight battle for second place with Denis Dupont, Thomas Ferrando and Salvador Tineo Arroyo. Meanwhile Marsilio Canuti came back from the last place on the grid to join the four drivers.

Ferrando took second place on lap 21 and started chasing down his teammate, while a contact between Canuti and Pirri led to a shuffle in running order and forced the CAAL Racing driver to retire with a punctured right rear tire.

Boucenna administered his margin and took the checkered flag 2 seconds ahead of the talented French rookie, who won the Rookie Cup classification. Canuti was third but he received a drive-through – converted in a 30-second penalty after the race – for driving outside the track’s limits, leaving the last step on the podium to Dumarey.

Tineo Arroyo finished fourth ahead of a consistent Philipp Lietz.