Bladon clos­ing on Daytona prize drive run

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Mini Chal­lenge Cooper class dom­i­na­tor Max Bladon in­sists he’s not yet think­ing about a prize trip to Daytona, de­spite con­tin­u­ing his re­mark­able win­ning streak at Brands Hatch last week­end.

Bladon took another dou­ble win in the Chal­lenge’s Cooper Class to raise his un­beaten tally to 11 races so far this year. Bladon has won ev­ery round in 2016 and is on the brink of the class ti­tle with three rounds still to go.

With the Mini Chal­lenge be­ing reg­is­tered as part of the Sunoco Daytona Chal­lenge, Bladon has also opened out a clear lead in the Sunoco 200 Chal­lenge con­test, which re­wards the win­ner with a funded seat in the BMW Per­for­mance 200 sportscar race that sup­ports the Daytona 24 Hours. Bladon leads the stand­ings by 20 points ahead of Rad­i­cal racer Steve Burgess.

“My main fo­cus this year is wrap­ping up the Cooper ti­tle as early as I can,” said Bladon. “But I plan to carry on and fin­ish the year as the Daytona prize is too good to risk miss­ing out on.

“The minute some­thing like that plays on your mind the minute it gets harder to achieve. I’m not putting pres­sure on me.”

Bladon: 11 wins in Minis

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