Bladon stumbles - all to play for !

3rd September 2016

Bladon stumbles but retains healthy Sunoco 200 Challenge lead

This year’s Sunoco 200 Challenge and the destination of its Daytona support race prize-drive remains undecided after long-time leader Max Bladon saw his advantage at the top of the standings cut to 17.4 points last weekend.

The Mini Challenge Cooper class champion-elect endured his most troubled outing of the season at Cadwell Park, conceding just over three points to main rival Steve Burgess whose Radical Challenge campaign continues at Silverstone this weekend.

Bladon’s impressive results in 2016 meant that battling through from fourth on the grid to secure victory and post fastest lap en route followed by fourth place in race two actually reduced his average score to 109.90 points.

But while his lead is still a commanding one, those results ensure that four drivers can still overhaul the minimum 91.61 final average Bladon would record should he fail to score a point during Mini Challenge’s season finale at Snetterton on October 29/30.

Bladon’s performances so far this year suggest that’s unlikely to happen. Indeed, scoring an average of 86.81 points during each of his final three races would be enough to crown him champion even if Burgess was to record maximum points over the course of his last four outings.

In any case, with both the latter’s Radical meetings scheduled before the Mini Challenge finale, Bladon will know exactly what’s required when he arrives at Snetterton.

The events of last weekend at Cadwell mean that, mathematically at least, British GT championship contenders Rick Parfitt Jnr and Jon Minshaw can also still win this year’s Sunoco 200 Challenge title. But both will need maximum points for setting the fastest Am qualifying time, winning the race and claiming fastest lap to retain any chance.

The scale of their task is emphasised by Parfitt Jnr’s potential maximum score being just 1.28 points more than Bladon’s minimum, while Minshaw would pinch the crown by only 0.06 points should all of his stars align!

British GT4 title challenger Mike Robinson sits fifth in the standings but cannot now surpass Bladon’s minimum score. However, with five races remaining F3 Cup championship leader Shane Kelly could still emerge as a potential contender. He currently occupies sixth in the points, 31.98 behind Bladon but capable of scoring 96.18.

Meanwhile, Sunoco Whelen Challenge leader Seb Morris will be the first of the competition’s front-runners to set a final score this weekend when the British GT Championship concludes at Donington Park. The Welshman currently holds a 4.38-point lead over Marco Cencetti but will be aware that the Italian still has two rounds with which to surpass his benchmark.


Remaining Sunoco Whelen Challenge-eligible events:

September 10/11: British GT Championship (GT3 Pro) - Donington Park

Sep 30 - Oct 1: Radical Masters SR8 & Euro Masters SR3 - Monza

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

Next Sunoco 200 Challenge-eligible events:

September 10/11: British GT Championship (GT3 Am & GT4) - Donington Park

September 10/11: Radical Challenge, F3 and GT Cup - Silverstone

October 1: Britcar Endurance - Oulton Park

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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