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Hall takes early Sunoco Challenge lead

Stuart Hall has taken the early lead in the race for the Rolex 24 at Daytona Driver Challenge presented by Sunoco following the opening rounds of the British F3 and British GT Championships at Oulton Park.

Hall, who took a double win in the British GT Championship alongside team-mate Dan Brown, secured 240 points from the weekend after snaring a double win, pole position and fastest lap.

That puts him ahead of F3 double winner Daniel Ricciardo and Rollcentre team-mate Brown, with F3 racers Walter Grunmuller and Nick Tandy fourth and fifth after they both took double podiums at the Cheshire circuit.

“I now have two ambitions for this season,” Hall said after the weekend. “Obviously, the first is to win the British GT Championship, because that was always the main target, but after yesterday I have this thought in my mind that it would be a massive bonus to win the Sunoco Challenge because it is such an amazing award.

“I finished fourth at Le Mans in 2007, so I know what 24-hour races are about, and it would be fantastic to race and, hopefully, do well in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which is another of the world's great 24-hour races.”

The Radical UK Cup contenders for the Challenge will have the chance to open their account when they race this weekend at Rockingham.

Sunoco Driver Challenge standings (top 15):

1. Stuart Hall Rollcentre Racing Brit GT 240
2. Daniel Ricciardo Carlin Motorsport Brit F3 200
3. Daniel Brown Rollcentre Racing Brit GT 200
4. Walter Grubmuller Hitech Brit F3 170
5. Nick Tandy JTR Brit F3 150
6. David Jones Preci-Spark Brit GT 150
7. Godfrey Jones Preci-Spark Brit GT 150
8. Allan Simonsen Rosso Verde-UCB Brit GT 135
9. Hector Lester Rosso Verde-UCB Brit GT 95
10. Aaron Scott ABG Motorsports Brit GT 80
11. Craig Wilkins ABG Motorsports Brit GT 80
12. Daisuke Nakajima Double R Racing Brit F3 70
13. Duncan Cameron Mtech Brit GT 70
14. Matt Griffin Mtech Brit GT 70
15. Max Chilton Carlin Motorsport Brit F3 60


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Just a Fan - Unregistered

April 16, 2009 11:43 PM

possibly so... but its been eligible for other GT3 championships for some time and Rollcentre have been working very hard on it for 2-3 years to get the BGT to accept it. If you actually take a quick look at the lap times etc the Mosler is THAT much faster (in fact the Simonsen Ferrari set a faster race lap time) but it does have consistency... and its going to be reliable as its been around racing other series' for ages



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