Sunoco Challenge Draws To A Close For Britcar Racers

In a reversal of their Sunoco Challenge standings Morcillo follows Schulz at Brands Hatch (Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

This weekend’s three hour race at Snetterton is the last chance for drivers in the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship (BEC) to score points towards the Sunoco Rolex 24 at Daytona Challenge.

Unfortunately, from the point of view of drivers in the championship, the prize for winning the challenge – a drive in a Daytona Prototype at January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona – is almost certain to go to Speed EuroSeries driver Ivan Bellarosa.

Fifth in the Challenge standings, the best placed BEC driver is Javier Morcillo, runner up in last year’s Sunoco Challenge behind British F3 champion Felipe Nasr – now racing in GP2.

The Sunoco Challenge standings has been another battle ground for BEC front runners Javier Morcillo and Andy Schulz, the two drivers racing for opposing teams in the top class of the championship.

Morcillo, with co-drivers Manuel Cintrano and Paul White, already have four wins this year, including victory when the championship ran at the Norfolk track in May. Schulz, and his teammate Paul Bailey, however are still seeking a first victory of 2012.

Dogged by mechanical gremlins for the early part of the season Schulz was within three laps of winning at the most recent round at Brands Hatch when a superb battle with Morcillo ended with Schulz’s black Ferrari spun at Druids off the nose of Morcillo’s Mosler.

Though now only competing for pride both drivers will be back in action this weekend with their respective teammates trying to add points to their Sunoco Challenge tallies in a bid to be the best the BEC has to offer in the third year of the Sunoco Challenge.

The seventh round of the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship is scheduled to start to 1pm on Sunday August 19.