Morris and Bladon storms ahead!

5th June 2016

Morris increases Sunoco Whelen Challenge lead without turning a wheel!

Seb Morris survived a busy weekend of Radical racing to extend his lead at the top of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge leaderboard, while it was also ‘as you were’ in the Sunoco 200 Challenge points.

With Morris not in action, the way was left clear for a chasing pack comprising seven Radical drivers to make inroads as the race for the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona prize drive continued. However, all will look back on an opportunity missed after a number of issues hindered their progress.

Second placed Marco Cencetti came into the weekend little more than 10 points behind Morris but left Paul Ricard 17.66 adrift after a relatively small Euro Masters SR3 grid meant he scored just 60% points for a victory and two second place finishes.

Masters SR8 front-runner Alex Kapadia would have leapfrogged Cencetti had he and co-driver Manhal Allos not been excluded from finishing second in the opener. Instead, he’s now down to fifth after co-drivers Tony Wells and James Littlejohn enjoyed a supremely consistent weekend that included victory in the SR8 opener.

Nevertheless, there’s still only 1.67 points separating those three and Radical Team driver James Abbott, who didn’t race last weekend. Meanwhile Marcello Marateotto and Allos are in a close scrap for eighth with Rob Bell who, like British GT compatriot Morris, competes again this weekend.

Riccardo Dona’s two victories have helped the Radical Euro Masters SR3 ace climb to 10th ahead of Johan Scheier whose tough outing saw him drop from fourth to 11th.

With only one eligible series - the Britcar Endurance Championship - in action last weekend the Sunoco 200 Challenge points table looks the same as it has for several weeks with Mini Challenge Cooper class leader Max Bladon also heading the chase to win this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona support race prize drive.

He currently enjoys a 6.67-point advantage over F3 Cup racer Sean Kelly, while third placed Radical Challenge ace Steve Burgess is just a point clear of British GT4 championship leader Mike Robinson who has a chance to make further inroads this weekend at Silverstone.

The same is also true of the British GT3 Am contingent comprising Rick Parfitt Jnr, Derek Johnston and Liam Griffin who are all poised to strike from fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

What are the Sunoco Challenges?

The Sunoco Challenges provide an accurate assessment and comparison of performances across multiple championships during any given season. Points are awarded for qualifying and race results, including fastest lap, which are then converted into an individual average score for each competing driver over the course of a full campaign.

That means each race weekend offers drivers an equal chance to climb and drop down their respective Sunoco Challenge table. It also ensures that performances are taken into consideration across an entire season while placing less emphasis on one-off or unfair results.

As in previous years this season’s Sunoco Challenge champion will win a fully funded drive aboard a Whelen-sponsored prototype in the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Meanwhile, Sunoco’s 200 Challenge champion will contest the 200-mile Daytona support race held over the same January weekend.


Keep tuned next week as we will definitely see a major shake up in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge standings and the Sunoco 200 Challenge as the British GT boys are racing at Silverstone 11-12th June!

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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