Aaron Steele Closes In On Grand-Am 200 Prize

by James Broomhead
Aaron Steele (Photo Credit: Mike Lambert/Gridshots.com

Aaron Steele (Photo Credit: Mike Lambert/Gridshots.com

MSV F3 Cup racer Aaron Steele could secure his place in the Continental Tire Series Grand-Am 200 race at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

The Kent-based driver has a healthy lead atop the Sunoco GrandAm 200 Challenge after dominant season in the single-seater category and another winning performance this weekend at Silverstone could see Steele book his flight to Florida in January.

The challenge on track for Steele this weekend will be a little different, with a huge grid in prospect around the full Grand Prix layout of the Northamptonshire track.

“Getting to drive round the full Arena GP circuit in my Formula 3 car is going to be amazing. I previously tested a mini challenge car there and loved the layout,” said Steele ahead of the race.

“It’s going to be a big challenge though without any testing prior to the weekend and the huge grids expected. Organisers have told me it could be the biggest ever starting field of single seaters, which they were trying to get into the Guinness book of world records.”

Over 50 cars could be on track for the event – part of the supporting series for this year's Britcar 24 Hours, and the large grid is likely to make qualifying a difficult affair as Steele seeks to score 20 points towards his weekend tally for the Grand-Am 200 Challenge.

The F3 Cup's place on a busy bill at Silverstone will give Steele another new experience.

“With it being the same weekend as the Britcar 24 hours, the timetable is slightly different with a race for the first time in my life on a Friday!” said the Grays Motorsport driver. “I’m also hoping to pick up a drive in the [24 Hours] as I will be there with all my race equipment ready and raring to go, so if any teams need a quick young driver to partner somebody I’m available.”

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