Morris and Bladon storms ahead!

30th May 2016

Morris and Bladon back on top of Sunoco Challenges

The battle to be crowned 2017 Sunoco Whelen Challenge and Sunoco 200 Challenge champions continued across Britain last weekend where British GT, Mini Challenge and GT Cup were all in action.

A strong British GT bank holiday outing at Oulton Park for Seb Morris helped the Welshman move back to the top of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge standings, while another exceptional performance from Max Bladon saw the Mini Challenge Cooper class driver consolidate his 200 Challenge lead.

Perfect performance vaults Morris back to the top

Morris headed into rounds three and four hoping to bounce back from the tough outing at Rockingham that had seen him slip from first to ninth in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge. A perfect score for victory, pole position and fastest race lap would go some way to redressing the balance, and he duly achieved all three in Monday’s second race, as well as third in the opener, to reclaim top spot.

His new average points total of 89.38 is 10.8 more than erstwhile Sunoco Whelen Challenge leader and Radical Euro Masters ace Marco Cencetti, who has a chance to reclaim the lead when he competes at Paul Ricard this weekend.

Fellow Radical racers Alex Kapadia, Johan Scheier, James Abbott, Tony Wells and James Littlejohn are still within striking distance after retaining their places in the top six on account of a poor British GT weekend for Ross Gunn, who has slipped from second to 14th. But there was better luck for his GT3 Pro rival Rob Bell, who qualified and finished second in race two to vault from 15th to 10th.


Bladon maintains 120-point average to usurp Johnston

Bladon’s exceptional start to Mini Challenge’s Cooper class campaign continued at Silverstone last weekend where another three race victories and pole positions not only helped him maintain a very impressive 120-point average but also move back to the top of the Sunoco 200 Challenge table.

His cause was aided by Derek Johnston who was unable to continue his equally rapid start to the season at Oulton. TF Sport’s British GT3 championship leader came into the weekend with a one-point lead over Bladon but has now slipped to sixth in the overall classification.

That he finds himself propping up the top-six with a very healthy 93.5 points owes much to the exceptional performances of his fellow British GT drivers. Mike Robinson began the weekend 18th after a difficult weekend at Rockingham but has jumped up to fourth courtesy of two GT4 class pole positions and victories, which have given him a 99-point average.

GT3 Am driver Rick Parfitt Jnr is one place further back in fifth after a victory, another podium and fastest race lap helped him make up five positions. Meanwhile, fellow GT3 Am Liam Griffin is just behind Johnson in seventh with an average score less than seven points shy of Robinson’s.

The relative points of British GT’s top performers have seen Mini Challenge JCW class drivers Nathan Harrison and Charlie Butler-Henderson drop a handful of spots to the outer reaches of the top-10 after both scored solidly at Silverstone.

Elsewhere, Shane Kelly (F3 Cup) and Steve Burgess (Radical Challenge) remain second and third respectively for the time being after neither competed over the weekend.

Jordan Witt’s GT Cup victory and pole position would ordinarily have brought him back into contention, but with fewer than six GTO class entries the championship leader is only eligible for 60% of the available Sunoco 200 Challenge points, meaning he actually slips one position to 17th.


Keep tuned next week as we could see a major shake up in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge standings as the Radical Euromasters are racing at Paul Ricard in France 4-5th 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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