Bladon in frame for Day­tona prize drive

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Max Bladon will com­plete the Mini Chal­lenge sea­son de­spite se­cur­ing the Cooper Class crown with a round to spare in or­der to en­sure he stays in the hunt for a funded prize drive at Day­tona.

Bladon, 19, cur­rently leads the Sunoco Day­tona 200 Chal­lenge stand­ings, which re­wards the most con­sis­tent driver of the year with a funded drive in the 200-mile race sup­port­ing the Day­tona 24 Hours in Jan­uary.

Bladon wrapped up the Mini ti­tle with his 12th win of the year last week­end, and cur­rently leads Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge driver Steve Burgess by 17.4points. Bri­tish GT driv­ers Rick Parfitt Jr and Jon Min­shaw could also steal the prize, but must score max­i­mum points for pole, fastest lap and race win at Don­ing­ton Park this week­end to stay in the hunt.

“Now the ti­tle is se­cured the Sunoco con­test be­comes a pri­or­ity,” said Bladon. “I can’t risk sit­ting out [the fi­nal round at] Snet­ter­ton and los­ing the av­er­age score for three races.

“Rac­ing at Day­tona would be a dream and it’s now some­thing I re­ally have to aim for. The ti­tle has al­ready opened some doors.”

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