McClughan - day 1 at the ROAR

8th January 2016. Daytona Beach, Florida

2016 Sunoco 200 Challenge Champion Paddy McClughan has now experienced his debut drive at the ROAR Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Radical racer Paddy led the Sunoco 200 Challenge standings for most of the season thanks to multiple fastest laps and pole positions, and has now brought his experience to Daytona International Speedway!

Today, Paddy got his first taste of racing in the Racers Edge Motorsports no. 16 car, and despite starting on a wet track, he quickly took in all the information he has been given the last two days and learnt to harness the power of the Ford Mustang Boss 302R, and then went on to bring his lap times down. During both of the practice sessions, team-mate Chris Beaufait took the car out first, then Paddy took the wheel and went on to hit average speeds of nearly 105mph, with a best time of 2.02.725 for the day, just under 5 seconds behind the leader. Not bad for his first day in a new car. Keep tuned to see how he gets on for the rest of the ROAR!


Paddy first started racing in 2010, when he was just 14 years old, where he drove for the full season in Ginetta Juniors with Tranzpower. He then went on to test with Radical Sportscars in 2012, to go on to compete in the Radical SR3 with Max Robinson for part of the 2013 season, before Robinson withdrew mid-season, and Paddy finished as a solo driver. After testing the Radical SR8 the year after, he went on to compete in the 2015 Radical Sprint Championship, which he did as a solo driver with Raw Motorsport. Despite being just 18 years old, he had a successful year in the Radical Sprint and impressed out on track, whilst keeping his place at the top of the Sunoco 200 Challenge standings all season! Although he didn't go on to win his Championship, he racked up vital fastest lap and pole position points, which are essential for the Sunoco 200 Challenge...and now he is out in Daytona - just goes to show how incredibly unique this prize! 

Follow Paddy McClughan at the ROAR, then later this month at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the CTSC BMW Performance 200 Race: for the latest updates please visit www.sunocochallenge.com or follow us on twitter @sunoco_uk. 

The ROAR Before the Rolex 24 is held at Daytona International Speedway in Florida and takes places from 8th to the 10th January 2016. 

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The 2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge is provided in partnership with Whelen Engineering in the USA and Anglo American Oil Company Ltd in the UK. Drivers from selected Sunoco-fuelled championships compete against each other throughout the season with a chance to win a fully paid-for race seat in the Action Express Racing-run Whelen-sponsored Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2016. The eligible championships for the 2015 race season are: British GT3, Radical Enduro Championship, Radical European Masters and Britcar Endurance (Classes 1 only) - it is only drivers these series which are likely to be a able to handle a Daytona Prototype at plus 190mph on the famed 31° Daytona banking.  

The 2016 Sunoco 200 Challenge provides a winner, from additional Sunoco fuelled Championships with a race seat in the Sunoco liveried Chevrolet Camaro during the 200-mile endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The eligible series for the 2015 race season are: British GT4, Atom Cup, F3 Cup, GT Cup, Radical Sprint Championship (formally Clubman's Cup), Britcar Sports & Touring Car, Britcar Endurance (Classes 2,3,4), Britcar Trophy Series and MINI Challenge.