Battle begins for Challenge

21st March 2016

European Racers will be eagerly awaiting the start of the race season, and in-turn, the launch of the 2016 season Sunoco Challenge programme. This year we again look forward to a long hard battle, for not only the race championships own victories, but also for the contest to find two new Sunoco Challenge winners against over 200 eligible racers! Who has the talent to keep the pace, speed and position in the standings, and prove they have what it takes to win this sought after prize?

The first rounds of the Sunoco fuelled season, and that of the Sunoco Challenge eligible races, kick off this weekend with the Radical Challenge at Snetterton. These opening rounds will give Radical Team Challenge racers the opportunity to sign up to the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, and the Radical Solo Challenge racers the chance to sign up to the Sunoco 200 Challenge.   After this, the following opening rounds will all mark the start of the 2016 Sunoco Challenge season, and, in-turn, the beginning of the year-long battle for a race seat during the Rolex 24 At Daytona race weekend in January 2017:

  • 26th March: Radical Challenge at Snetterton, and Britcar at Silverstone
  • 16-17th April: British GT at Brands Hatch
  • 23-24th April: Radical European Masters at Estoril, MINI Challenge, GT Cup, F3 Cup at Donington, and Atom Cup at Rockingham

Sunoco Whelen Challenge

31-09.jpgSunoco Whelen Challenge The Sunoco Whelen Challenge pits drivers across the eligible Sunoco fuelled championships against each other, with the final award presented to the highest-average-scoring driver. The prize is provided in partnership with Whelen Engineering in the USA, and Anglo American Oil Company Ltd in the UK (Sunoco race fuels). We are now in our eighth year of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, and it continues to be arguably the most exciting motorsport prize available to European racers.  

The qualifying championships for the 2016 race season (2017 Sunoco Whelen Challenge) are: British GT3, Radical Team Challenge and Radical European Masters (Classes SR3 & SR8) - it is drivers in these series that are deemed able to handle a Prototype at speeds of plus 190mph on the 31° Daytona banking.   The prize for the Sunoco Whelen Challenge is a fully paid for race seat in a Whelen Engineering sponsored Prototype at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2017.

The prize consists of three test days at the ROAR Before the Rolex 24, and a race seat in the mighty ‘Rolex 24 At Daytona’. Also included are flights, accommodation and a dedicated Sunoco Whelen Challenge race suit, with the chance to step on to the top of the podium and bring home the much coveted Rolex Daytona watch!  

After a bumper year of driving, and a British GT3 Championship win, Jonny Adam was crowned the 2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner and impressed the Action Express team when he raced at the Rolex 24 At Daytona back in late January.   An exciting addition to this year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge is enabling British GT3 Am drivers to choose whether they would prefer to sign up to the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, OR, to the Sunoco 200 Challenge. This is an amendment to the 2016 regulations following results from last year, and could now mean that both GT3 drivers, from one team, could each win one of the two prize drives at Daytona.

Sunoco 200 Challenge

16-09.jpegSix years ago we introduced the Sunoco 200 Challenge, which runs alongside the Sunoco Whelen Challenge. Since then, it has continued to capture the imagination of over 700 registered racers, and is increasingly becoming a talking point throughout European paddocks. It provides the winner, from alternative Sunoco fuelled Championships (those not eligible for the Sunoco Whelen Challenge), with the chance to compete in the Sunoco liveried GS class sportscar in the 200-mile endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona – providing yet another opportunity for an aspiring racing driver to compete at the world-famous venue.  

The qualifying championships for the 2016 race season (2017 Sunoco 200 Challenge) are: Britcar, F3 Cup, GT Cup, Radical Solo Challenge, MINI Challenge, Atom Cup, British GT4 and NEW for 2016, British GT3 (Am).   After an incredible season in the Radical Sprint Championship, 2016 Sunoco 200 Challenge Champion Paddy McClughan went on to prove his worth at Daytona. Despite only being 19, and never having driven a V8 muscle car before, he really impressed the team out in the USA, remaining calm under pressure, improving and learning throughout the whole experience. Another impressive challenge Champion, and we can’t wait to see who will thrive next January at the World famous circuit!   Also included in the Sunoco 200 Challenge prize are flights, accommodation and a dedicated Sunoco 200 Challenge race suit, with the opportunity to step on to the top of the podium. The driver who wins the challenge gains the full American experience and races in an American muscle car!

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