British GT3 amateurs get Sunoco boost
Amateur GT3 drivers in the British GT Championship will qualify for the chance to win a fully funded drive in the Daytona 200 Challenge next year after changes to the Sunoco Challenge rules.
British GT is one of the series eligible for the Sunoco Whelen Challenge contest, which awards points to drivers based on pole positions, fastest laps and race wins in their respective series. The driver with the highest total at the end of the season wins a prototype seat in the Daytona 24 Hours.
In previous years, the amateur drivers in GT3 were only eligible for the full Whelen Challenge contest, making it nearly impossible for them to win against their faster, professional team-mates.
For this year GT3 Am entrants will be eligible for the Sunoco 200 Challenge instead, which provides a fully funded outing in the production class race that supports the 24 Hours. All GT4 drivers are eligible for the 200 Challenge too, but not the Whelen Challenge.
Reigning British GT champion Andrew Howard said: “It is absolutely the right thing to do. Obviously it’s fairer, but more than that, the Daytona support drive is almost more relevant to an Am driver’s ability. And you still get the thrill of competing at Daytona.”