BRANDS HATCH, England – Wilfried Boucenna drove his way up to the lead after starting from the 13th place on the grid during Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 race and won his first race of the season at the Brands Hatch Circuit.
The Frenchman took the lead with a brilliant overtaking move at Paddock Hill Bend on Maxime Dumarey on lap 15 and built his advantage on the Belgian driver to more than three seconds when the yellow flag waved in the final stages of the 25 minutes race.
It all went down to a one-lap dash to the checkered flag and Boucenna was able to maintain the lead, while a slight contact in turn one behind him resulted in a three-position loss for Dumarey. Rookies Denis Dupont and Thomas Ferrando took advantage of the situation to finish second and third.
“Qualifying didn’t go well for us, but I made a good start and tried to give my best to come back quickly,” said Boucenna. “As soon as I got in front I tried to preserve my tires for tomorrow and on the last lap I gave it all. Hopefully we can repeat tomorrow.”