Max Bladon keeps winning!

19th June 2016

Sunoco 200 Challenge leader Bladon drops points in race for Daytona prize drive

Max Bladon’s Sunoco 200 Challenge lead is down to just 4.45 points after a busy weekend of racing across the UK. Indeed, with only a handful of Sunoco Whelen Challenge drivers in action, the ‘junior’ competition was given a chance to take centre stage.

Mini Challenge Cooper class championship leader Bladon has hogged most of the limelight this season and continued his impressive run of victories by racking up another clean sweep at Rockingham. However, failure to record fastest lap or pole position in the opening race has dropped his average score to a still mightily impressive 117.78.

His nearest rival Shane Kelly has therefore closed the gap without turning a wheel, although the Sunoco Challenge’s unique points system ensures he also has a chance to lose as well as make up further ground on Bladon when F3 Cup visits Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.

Indeed, a perfect score from Kelly in Belgium could see Bladon knocked from the Sunoco 200 Challenge top-spot for the first time since taking the lead on May 30.

Steve Burgess remains third despite ‘suffering’ a similar result to Bladon's. The Radical Challenge driver’s usual high standards were in evidence en route to a victory, although finishing as runner-up in the second and failing to secure pole position or fastest lap sees his average slip from 100 to 97.5 points.

An excellent weekend at Rockingham featuring a victory, further podium, two fastest laps and a pole position ensured Mini Challenge JCW front-runner Nathan Harrison was the only driver inside the top-five to improve his score. His new average of 92 wasn’t enough to gain a place but has extended his lead over British GT’s Rick Parfitt Jnr who inherited fifth from Harrison’s championship rival Charlie Butler-Henderson, who lost 6.43 points.

It’s as you were in the rest of the top-10 thanks to neither British GT nor F3 Cup staging events last weekend.

Elsewhere, James Abbott’s decision to cease racing in the Radical Team Challenge sees everyone previously occupying positions seventh to 12th move up one place in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge standings, which are still narrowly lead by British GT driver Seb Morris.

This weekend’s F3 Cup action also offers the likes of Daryl Jones an opportunity to improve on his current eighth place, while George Line must accumulate another 8.7 points to climb from 17th into the Sunoco 200 Challenge top-10.


Keep tuned next week as F3CUP ferries over to Spa to score points for the Sunoco 200 Challenge 25-26th June. For the Sunoco Whelen Challenge we have to wait until the 7-9th July when British GT is racing at Spa!

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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