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Morris and Bladon almost there!

3rd October 2016

Cencetti's Monza slip helps Morris close on Sunoco Whelen Challenge crown

Seb Morris took a step closer to claiming this year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge title last weekend after main rival Marco Cencetti lost ground over the course of his penultimate Radical Euro Masters SR3 meeting at Monza.

The Italian trailed his British GT rival by just 4.69 points at the start of the weekend but knew a strong performance alongside RAW co-driver Marcello Marateotto would help close the gap with one round still remaining. Instead, Cencetti now finds himself 5.59 points adrift of the Welshman, who has no further opportunities to improve or decrease his 80.06 benchmark.

Extra points earned for securing race one’s pole position and fastest lap in the third were tempered by finishing third, sixth and second across the weekend’s three rounds. But while the net increase of less than a point doesn’t sound like very much, it has significantly reduced the maximum average Cencetti can now score.

Indeed, a perfect weekend at the Radical Euro Masters SR3 season finale in Spain later this month would only boost the Italian’s score to 83.83. At the very least he needs to collect 113.6 points from the 140 available per race at Jerez (subject to a minimum grid of nine cars), a task that’s by no means impossible but one that also leaves very little room for error.

Cencetti is now the only driver who can prevent Morris from claiming the Rolex 24 At Daytona prize drive after fellow Radical racers James Littlejohn, Tony Wells and Alex Kapadia dropped out of contention. While the latter didn’t compete at Monza, the other pair’s failure to record fastest laps and pole positions allied to a DNF in race three means they can no longer beat Morris.

But while Morris must now wait until October 30 to discover whether Cencetti can better his score, runaway Sunoco 200 Challenge leader Max Bladon could be crowned champion without lifting a finger next weekend when his only rival - Steve Burgess - contests the final Radical Challenge round of the year.

Only a perfect outing will be enough to post an average score higher than Bladon’s minimum points total. But, even if he were to achieve that, the Mini Challenge Cooper class champion would only need a handful of points at Snetterton three weeks later to seal his place in Daytona’s 200-mile support race next January. 

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Remaining Sunoco Whelen Challenge-eligible events:k

October 29/30: Radical Masters SR8 & Euro Masters SR3 - Jerez

Next Sunoco 200 Challenge-eligible events:k

October 8: Radical Challenge - Snetterton

October 29-30: Mini Challenge - Snetterton

 

 


About the Sunoco Challenges

The 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 a Whelen-sponsored Prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2017. The Prize consists of pre-race test days, including the ROAR before the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and a fully paid for race seat in the Action Express racing run Whelen sponsored Prototype during the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2017.

Eligible series for the 2017 Sunoco Whelen Challenge are: British GT3, Radical Team Challenge (Pro-drivers) and Radical European Masters (Classes SR3 & SR8).

The Sunoco 200 Challenge is run by Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. and provides the winner with a race seat in the Sunoco liveried Mustang Boss 305R. Also included is travel, accommodation and a Sunoco 200 Challenge race suit. The winner will race in the 200 mile long BMW Performance 200 race on the Friday before the iconic 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona. As well as that, the driver who wins the challenge gains the full American experience!

Eligible series for the 2017 Sunoco 200 Challenge are: Britcar, F3 Cup, GT Cup, Radical Solo Challenge (AM), MINI Challenge (all classes), British GT4 and NEW for 2016, British GT3 (AM only).


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