Gabillon Halts Vilarino’s Euro Racecar Dominance

by James Charman

Ander Vilarino‘s Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series dominance took a slight deviation in qualifying for Brands Hatch’s American SpeedFest, having to settle for second on the grid.

The Spanish driver has won every race and started from pole in all four rounds of the Elite Championship so far, but could not beat the time of 48.390 seconds set by Frenchman Frederic Gabillon in the #05 Rapido Racing Chevrolet Camaro.

Anglo-Swede Freddy Nordstrom led the British contigient at the inaugural SpeedFest at the Kent circuit, setting the third fastest time of the session. His fastest time was removed, however, as it was set under yellow flags.

A good session for the British drivers saw Luke Wright take 5th in the Scorpus Racing Chevrolet SS, with Stuart Gough setting a time good enough for 8th, meaning all three Brits were in the top ten.

Pole in the Open Championship went to Josh Burdon in the Wright’s #18 machine, setting a time of 49.083, just 0.101 seconds ahead of Anthony Gandon in the #7 TFT Camaro.

Ian Gough was the fastest of the Brits in the Open Championship, qualifying 8th in the car he shares with brother Stuart. Stewert Lyddall rounded out the British challenge with a time of 51.168 seconds, good enough for 17th place out of the 22 starters.

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