Cencetti wins and reduces gap to Morris!

14th  August 2016

Cencetti closes on Morris despite Donington engine woes

Seb Morris’ Sunoco Whelen Challenge lead has been cut to less than five points by Marco Cencetti who enjoyed a winning Radical Euro Masters SR3 outing at Donington Park last weekend.

However, it could have been an even better result for the Italian who would have jumped ahead of his Welsh rival were it not for an engine failure in the second of his three races.

Instead, Cencetti heads into the final phase of this season’s competition just 4.38 points adrift of Morris after setting fastest laps en route to victories in the other two races, as well as a pole position.

That he actually reduced Morris’ lead by 1.16 points despite encountering problems owes much to his RAW mechanics who replaced the blown powerplant in just 90 minutes, giving Cencetti a chance to make amends in the weekend’s final race.

And that run of form will be crucial if he’s to overturn the British GT driver’s lead in the closing stages of this year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge. Indeed, should Morris record a perfect score for pole position, victory and fastest lap at his final event on September 10/11 then Cencetti will need to average 119.52 points (from a maximum of 140) per race during his six-round run-in.

But Morris’ average score can go down as well as up, and his minimum of 70.89 means several other drivers are also still in play. Results at Donington last weekend saw British GT rival Joe Osborne move up one place to third, and a perfect result at the same venue next month could earn him enough points to usurp Morris’ final mark.

It’s a similar story for Alex Kapadia, who slipped behind Osborne partly due to qualifying dramas last weekend, and fellow Radical racers Marcello Marateotto and James Littlejohn. Their current scores might be more than 15 points lower than Morris’ but, with another six races left to run, can still be improved sufficiently to topple the British GT title contender.

With both GT Cup and Britcar Endurance Championship entries being too low to score maximum points last weekend, the fight for this year’s Sunoco 200 Challenge crown realistically remains a two-horse race.

Runaway leader Max Bladon has a chance to all-but seal the 200-mile Rolex At Daytona support race prize drive when the Mini Challenge visits Oulton Park this weekend. The Cooper class ace currently enjoys a near-22-point lead over Steve Burgess whose Radical Challenge campaign continues one week later at Brands Hatch.

British GT duo Rick Parfitt Jnr and Jon Minshaw, as well as F3 Cup’s Shane Kelly, retain an outside chance but will each need perfect weekends from here if they’re to apply the necessary pressure.


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:

August 20: Mini Challenge - Oulton Park

August 27/28: Radical Challenge - Brands Hatch

August 27/28: F3 Cup - Brands Hatch

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



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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