Morris seizes Spa opportunity!

18th July 2016

Bladon extends Sunoco 200 Challenge lead with double Brands victory

Another dominant performance helped Max Bladon extend his Sunoco 200 Challenge advantage at Brands Hatch last weekend as the race for 2017’s Rolex 24 at Daytona support event prize drive intensified.

The Mini Challenge Cooper class championship leader has dominated this year’s junior Sunoco competition, and that theme continued in Kent courtesy of another two race victories. Failure to set fastest lap in the weekend’s final contest, after the second was red flagged early, actually saw Bladon’s overall average score drop to a still impressive 116.36 points.

However, closest rival Steve Burgess was unable to capitalise on that slight opening after twice finishing runner-up in Radical Challenge’s two races at Oulton Park. His new overall average score of 94.38 therefore sees Bladon head into this season’s final three Mini Challenge rounds 21.98 points clear at the top of the standings.

That might sound like a formidable total but, with the Sunoco 200 Challenge’s points system based on an average across every race, Bladon must continue to score heavily in order to maintain such a healthy advantage.

A good weekend at Brands Hatch would have also helped fellow Mini Challenge racer Nathan Harrison put pressure on Bladon and Burgess. But it wasn’t to be for the JCW entrant whose three uncharacteristic ninth place finishes saw him slip to ninth in the Sunoco 200 Challenge standings, one place behind Mini class rival Charlie Butler-Henderson.

Instead, it’s F3 Cup championship leader Shane Kelly who has moved into the top-three thanks to his exploits at Oulton, even if his total also dropped as a result of non-scoring in race two. Instead, the combination of a second place, pole position and fastest lap resulted in a 82.5-point average, the same as British GT’s Rick Parfitt Jnr who moved from fifth to joint-third without turning a wheel.

It’s a similar story for Mike Robinson, Graham Johnson and Derek Johnston who have all benefited from others dropping scores to now occupy positions five to seven, while Liam Griffin completes the top-10 behind Butler-Henderson and Harrison.

Sunoco 200 Challenge-eligible drivers hoping to make an impression this weekend include GT Cup championship leader Jordan Witt, who only needs to improve his average score by 10 points to move from 14th to sixth.

Meanwhile, in the senior Sunoco Whelen Challenge scrap, Radical Masters drivers Marco Cencetti, James Littlejohn, Tony Wells and Alex Kapadia will all have one eye on current leader Seb Morris when they compete at Silverstone this weekend. Concetti, the best placed of the quartet, lies 10.78 points behind the British GT title contender.



Next up in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge is the Radical Euromasters, 22-24th July. In the Sunoco 200 Challenge full action comes from GT Cup at Oulton and Britcar Endurance at Croft 23rd of July!

The Challenge continues...


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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