Brands Hatch: Guillaume Deflandre clinches first ENES win in history

Brands Hatch: Guillaume Deflandre clinches first ENES win in history
NWES / Guillaume Hesnault / iRacing

After the thrilling prologue at Daytona, the EuroNASCAR Esports Series again delivered exciting virtual motorsport at Brands Hatch, including a little deja-vu

Actually, last weekend the season opener of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) should have taken place in Valencia, Spain, but the races had to be postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. The race at the Indy track of Brands Hatch also fell victim to the pandemic.

EuroNASCAR vitisted the virtual UK on Tuesday as part of the EuroNASCAR Esports Series (ENES). After the successful prologue at the Daytona International Speedway last week, the EuroNASCAR drivers also put on a spectacular show at the virtual Indy layout at Brands Hatch. 70 drivers wanted to enter the main race, but only 36 of them advanced through the pre-qualifying and heats to the final.

It was clear from the start that the main race would again provide excitement. In the end, Guillaume Deflandre prevailed against his rivals to secure the first 40 points in the ENES.

NWES / Guillaume Hesnault / iRacing

“This race was really difficult because Alon and Andre were incredibly fast and with this car you need plenty of throttle control to go around Brands Hatch,” said the Belgian. “It was really funny and I want to thank the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for building such a great event.”

Pole setter Alon Day was in the lead at first, but in EuroNASCAR a small mistake can often tip the scales. This also applies online and so the PK Carsport driver fell behind Deflandre and Andre Castro.

But even Castro was not able to maintain the lead for long: after a contact with Deflandre the DF1 driver fell behind Day. In the end, Deflandre won ahead of Day and Castro. The top-4 was completed by NWES champion Loris Hezemans.

Lasse Soerensen surprisingly finished fifth, proving once again that he has a very special connection to the track at Brands Hatch. As a reminder: Last season the Dane drove from last place there to Victory Lane. As winner of the Last Chance Qualifier, Soerensen went from 31st to fifth place this time.

Next Tuesday, the legendary Watkins Glen International will be visited by the ENES as the drivers focus on collection more important points. Remember: At the end of the season the result will have an impact on the real team classification. The races of the ENES event will be broadcast weekly from 8 pm on the EuroNASCAR channels.

André Wiegold