British drivers Scott Jeffs and Shaun Hollamby has announced their return to NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for this weekend’s American SpeedFest 8 at Brands Hatch as both drivers will be scheduled to compete in their home race week for Marko Stipp Motorsport and DF1 Racing respectively.
Scott Jeffs and Shaun Hollamby is set to make their NASCAR Whelen Euro Series return this weekend as both drivers have announced yesterday that they will be back for American SpeedFest 8.
For Jeffs, the 23-year old Briton from Stratford-upon-Avon has been signed by Marko Stipp Motorsport to drive the No. 46 SimThunder Chevrolet in the top EuroNASCAR PRO class, accompanying rookie EN2 driver Miguel Gomes in the No. 46 team as MSM is scheduled to make their first outing with a full driver lineup in both classes after Gomes competed solo in Valencia.
“We are very happy to have Scott on board for the British event,” said MSM team owner Marko Stipp in the official press release. “He has already proven to be a fast driver around Brands Hatch and his good knowledge of the track will be valuable. Coming back to the great British fans this year, we hope that Scott will have their support and score some good results!”
Jeffs last competed in the series in 2019, initially competing in the EuroNASCAR 2 class for Braxx Racing before he made a one-off appearance in the top class for the sixth round at Hockenheim. His PRO class debut went exceptionally well as he finished 13th and 9th on the two races at Hockenheim, claiming the bonus points for most positions gained in the latter result as he started from 24th place on the grid.
Jeffs also competed in the 2019 edition of American SpeedFest during his stay in the EuroNASCAR 2 division where he showcased great pace on his home race. Jeffs scored a Top 5 finish in Race 2 and initially finished 2nd in the first race before he was later demoted to 16th after he received a post-race time penalty for forcing Vittorio Ghirelli off-track.
With Braxx Racing quietly folding in the build-up to the shortened and pandemic-affected 2020 season, Jeffs made a switch to VW Fun Cup UK where he currently competes as the lead driver of the MJ Tec GITI team. Jeffs, along with teammate Martin Gibson, currently sits fifth in the standings for the 2021 VW Fun Cup UK season.
”I am very happy to be returning to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as it’s a great championship with some very quick drivers,” said Jeffs in the press release. “It has been almost 2 years since I drove in EuroNASCAR so I will need to try and get up to speed with things quickly. Luckily, I am very familiar with Brand Hatch so that will go in my favour.”
“As I’ll be racing in the PRO division, my goal is to try and get two top 10 finishes. I feel with the support of Marko Stipp Motorsport this is very much achievable. There is no reason to not be fighting for those top spots.”
Hollamby, on the other hand, will be making his return with DF1 Racing after he signed a deal with the team to race the No. 77 Lettner Trans Chevrolet in EuroNASCAR 2 class as the partner of Marc Goossens.
Hollamby, the managing director of AmD Tuning and team owner of its BTCC team AmD Essex, is set to be making his return to the series since the 2019 edition of American SpeedFest where he – coincidentally – drove for MSM in the team’s debut under the MSM identity. Unlike Jeffs who reached new highs at Brands Hatch in 2019, Hollamby experienced the opposite as he crashed out on both races – his only double DNF of the season.
Despite this setback, Hollamby has expressed his joy of being able to return to the series as he will be aiming to score a better result for this weekend’s races.
“Super excited to be on the grid with DF1 Racing for American SpeedFest this weekend,” said Hollamby on social media. “Looking forward to working with my teammate Marc Goossens and all the team.”
Disclaimer: Unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard.