The F1 nearly-man winding back the clock in NASCAR’s European cousin
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The F1 nearly-man winding back the clock in NASCAR’s European cousin

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A multiple F3000 race winner, Marc Goossens was on the precipice of making Formula 1 in the 1990s - but a lack of budget left him without a path to the promised land. Turning to an illustrious racing career in sportscars, Goossens left the endurance circuit to try his hand at racing stock cars - and now calls the NASCAR Euro Series home

After a year’s enforced absence due to COVID-19, Euro NASCAR roars back onto UK soil this weekend to a soundtrack of throbbing 5.7-litre V8 engines at Brands Hatch’s American SpeedFest. To say that plenty has changed in the world at large since its last visit in June 2019 would be an understatement, but the calibre of drivers competing at the sharp end certainly hasn’t.

Its leading light is three-time series champion Alon Day, who notched up his latest title in last year’s pandemic-afflicted season of five rounds packed between September and December, while the returning series regulars include 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve and Belgian veteran Marc Goossens, who 30 years ago marked himself out as a name to watch by winning a typically frantic Formula Ford Festival.

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