Morris seizes Spa opportunity!

9th July 2016

Morris seizes Sunoco Whelen Challenge momentum at Spa

Seb Morris has increased his lead at the head of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge standings thanks to pole position and second place in the latest British GT Championship round at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend.

The Welshman’s advantage had been cut to little more than four points as a result of his non-finish at Silverstone last time and his nearest rivals’ results over the subsequent month. However, he bounced back emphatically in Belgium to establish a 10.78-point lead with just three British GT races remaining.

In contrast, Morris’ closest challengers - Marco Cencetti, Tony Wells, James Littlejohn and Alex Kapadia - all still have 12 Radical contests with which to improve, but also reduce, their average scores.

Joe Osborne remains sixth despite a reasonably quiet weekend at Spa, while the only other significant Sunoco Whelen Challenge mover was Jon Barnes who now sits 10th after winning his first British GT race for eight years.

There were also few significant changes in this year’s Sunoco 200 Challenge standings.

Morris’ Team Parker Racing co-driver Rick Parfitt Jnr increased his average score by 2.2 points by finishing second at Spa but remains fifth in the Sunoco table. He’s more than 32.5 behind Mini Challenge’s long-time leader Max Bladon, who returns to Cooper class action at Brands Hatch this weekend.

It’s a similar story for second placed Steve Burgess who, at 20.28 points adrift of Bladon, requires a perfect Radical Challenge outing at Oulton Park if he’s to make any headway this weekend.

Mini Challenge JCW racer Nathan Harrison is a further 4.5 points back in third but the same number clear of Shane Kelly whose F3 Cup campaign also continues at Oulton.

Second place for British GT4 championship-leading team-mates Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson at Spa has helped them climb to sixth and eighth respectively, sandwiching another Mini Challenge JCW protagonist - Charlie Butler-Henderson - in seventh.

Derek Johnston and Liam Griffin, who finished seventh and eighth at Spa, complete the Sunoco 200 Challenge top-10, while Mark Farmer moves up 23 positions to 19th after claiming his maiden series victory alongside Barnes.

However, with so many Sunoco-supplied categories racing this weekend and the opportunity for average scores to increase as well as decrease, there’s every chance of seeing further changes in seven days time.



Next up in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge is the Radical Euromasters, 22-24th July. In the Sunoco 200 Challenge full action comes from the Radical Solo Championship and FR Cup at Oulton 16th July, and Mini Challenge at Brands the same weekend!

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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