Brands Hatch has announced that American SpeedFest, its annual NASCAR Whelen Euro Series round, will be returning next year as they confirmed that the 2021 edition will be held on the United States Independence Day weekend.

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series’ 2021 season calendar is starting to take its shape after Brands Hatch announced that the American SpeedFest, the track’s annual NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race week and arguably the crown jewel round of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, will be returning next year after they were forced to cancel the 2020 edition due to the pandemic.

“We are delighted to return to Brands Hatch for the American SpeedFest in 2021,” said series President/CEO Jerome Galpin in the official announcement. “It was heartbreaking for us not to be able to run this great event in 2020 because of the worldwide crisis. It’s fantastic to get back to our passionate British fans for what is always one of the highlights of the NWES championship.”

We want you fans to be there! We can’t wait to be back together at the American SpeedFest and work again with our friends at MSV.”

The announcement reveals that the SpeedFest will be held on the Independence Day weekend, the first Euro Series round to be held on that weekend.

“American SpeedFest will return in spectacular style with a switch to Independence Day weekend next year, when the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series returns to the venue on 3/4 July following this year’s enforced absence,” as said on the official announcement.

“The switch to Fourth of July weekend adds an exciting new element to the event, as Independence Day celebrations reserved usually for those on the other side of the Atlantic come to the South East.”

According to MSV Motorsport’s Events Manager David Willey, the decision to move American SpeedFest a month back from its traditional early-June date was made after the organizers spotted an opportunity to place the race weekend on the Independence Day weekend, which in 2021 is going to be held exactly on 3-4 July.

The change is also made in the hopes that the July date will provide the best possible option for fans to attend the SpeedFest.

“The rare opportunity to combine our annual extravaganza with Fourth of July celebrations was simply too good to miss,” said Willey in the official announcement. “We’re hoping too that by moving the date slightly later into the summer that we’ll be in the best possible position to welcome as many race fans to Brands Hatch as possible, following this year’s COVID-enforced cancellation.”

More details for the 2021 SpeedFest will be announced at a later date.

Disclaimer: Unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard.

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