Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge prize at stake for Steele
30/09/2011 - F3 Cup driver Aaron Steele could claim the Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge at Silverstone this weekend.
30/09/2011 - F3 Cup driver Aaron Steele could claim the Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge if he continues his impressive form at the penultimate round of the season at Silverstone this weekend.
The Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge is a new challenge developed to give more club racers the opportunity to race at the famous Daytona circuit in America. The driver with the highest average points finish at the end of the season wins the ultimate prize, a race-seat in the Continental Series GS class in the GRAND-AM 200 race at Daytona in January.
Steele from Kent, has been the dominant force in this year's F3 Cup winning 11 of the 14 races so far this season, which has placed him ahead of drivers from the Dunlop Production Touring Cars, MINI Challenge and Legends, which take part in the competition. After such a successful season, Steele needs to pick up just 58 points from the two races at Silverstone to win the glittering prize.
There are a number of ways Aaron can score the 58 points this weekend. Setting pole and finishing fourth or higher in the first race will give the 22-year-old the points however if Aaron misses out on pole he could score points for fastest lap and finish fourth or higher. There also the necessary points up for grabs for finishing first or second. If for any reason this does not happen then race two could also provide the points or the next round at Oulton Park.
"The Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge would be a great achievement but more importantly a great opportunity to advertise my abilities on a whole new stage at what will be one of the world's premier motorsport events of 2012", said Aaron. "I am going to be pushing really hard at Silverstone and will be doing everything I can to gain the extra points."