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Thomas Ferrando, Jerome Galpin and their Euro NASCAR cars delighted the vast and passionate public of the world famous Goodwood Festival Of Speed with a great NASCAR show and an amazing performance in the hillclimb Shootout.
In another hugely successful edition of the British event, the #37 Knauf Racing Ford Mustang and the #50 Chevrolet SS placed in 14th a 15th position overall among a world class competition, besting some of the most incredible racing machinery in the world, driven by international star drivers. Both cars went below the 55 seconds mark and ELITE 2 Division and Team Championship points leader Thomas Ferrando won the internal duel against NWES President - CEO Jerome Galpin by just 0.02 seconds by posting a blistering fast 54.54s time in his Sunday run up the Goodwood hill.
“This was an amazing event and we are very proud to have been part of it. We spent great time with our friends from NASCAR – Bobby Labonte, Kerry Earnhardt, Mike Skinner, Will Spencer, Danny Lawrence and the Richard Childress Racing team – but also with lots of drivers coming from different racing cultures. I had a blast driving the Euro NASCAR on the Hillclimb and was impressed once again by the speed of our cars rivaling with GT4 and GT3 cars, but also by their ability to put on a great show. I would like to thank Lord March and the whole FOS organization for inviting us and for building such a fantastic and unique event!” said Jerome Galpin.
“It was crazy! There is such a variety of incredible cars and incredible drivers, from pre-war cars to to futuristic GTs and I met legends I would only dream to meet one day. It was amazing to have the #43 and #3 cars beside my Knauf Racing Mustang and be able to put it at the top of the standings for a while in the Shootout. It was a fantastic experience for the whole team, we enjoyed every moment. I can’t describe the feeling to be on top of that hill with all those fantastic cars and drivers around,” said Ferrando, who had a little sideways moment in the second sector of the 1.16- mile climb but went to the top of the standings besting Galpin’s 54.56 seconds time. “It was a little bit scary, I entered the turn too fast and the car started drifting, but it was funny and pretty quick too. We worked well with Jerome to perfect our runs and I enjoyed the whole event. We also met a lot of fans and it was great to see that many of them were wearing NASCAR items from the Brands Hatch American SpeedFest. I would like to thank Jerome Galpin, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, NASCAR and the Goodwood FOS organization for this amazing opportunity as well as the Knauf Racing Team, who is working hard to put us out front in NWES all season long.”
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series took part in the world famous meeting with the NASCAR delegation and offered the tens of thousands of fans that packed the Goodwood House a unique american-styled show, quickly becoming fan favorites.
Alongside Ferrando and Galpin, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner posted a new NASCAR Goodwood hillclimb record with a monstrous 49.02s run and the sixth place overall, while Ed Berrier brought up the hill a thundering #88 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet SS.
NASCAR legend Bobby Labonte honored Richard Petty’s birthday by driving the King’s #43 Pontiac after racing in NWES three weeks ago at the Brands Hatch American SpeedFest, while Kerry Earnhardt delighted the fans with some great burnouts at the wheel of his father’s legendary #3 Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo and wrestling icon Bill Goldberg showcased one of Mike Skinner’s trucks.
After an eventful month of June, highlighted by the Brands Hatch American SpeedFest and the Goodwood Festival Of Speed, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be back in action in fifteen days at Raceway Venray. The Dutch half-mile oval will host four exciting races on July 15-16 in the context of an all-american event, the AutoSpeedway American Style.
All the races will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.