British GT3 am­a­teurs get Sunoco boost

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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.”

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