Bladon in frame for Daytona prize drive
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.”