Israeli racing driver Alon Day claimed his first win on British soil after winning the ELITE 1 Division at the NASCAR Euro Series at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

In what was the third round of the season, the 24-year-old, who drives a Chevrolet SS, started the final race from pole and although never relinquished his lead, only pipped Frederic Gabillon by .132 seconds, just holding him off in a spectacular last lap, as he claimed his second win of the season, the fifth of his NASCAR career.

He said: “I’m really happy! This is my first win at the historic Brand Hatch and I want to thank all the fans for coming out this weekend, my outstanding team CAAL Racing for doing such a great job and all my sponsors for making this possible.

“That was such a great finish! I didn’t know exactly what to expect before the race, it was my first NASCAR race with wet tires and I drove as hard as I could, but Fred was always right there, putting pressure on me all race long.

“I’m really looking forward to the next race. I have to think about the championship now.”