Victorious Vergne tops ton over sparring partners British F3 driver Jean-Eric Vergne is the first driver in this Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge to top the ton. His average points in the challenge stand at 103.33, while his closest rival...
Victorious Vergne tops ton over sparring partners
British F3 driver Jean-Eric Vergne is the first driver in this Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge to top the ton. His average points in the challenge stand at 103.33, while his closest rival -- Radical racer Ross Kaiser for 360 Racing -- is on 90 average points.
More than 50 points now separate Carlin's Vergne from the driver at Number 10, JOTA Motorsport's Simon Dolan in the SPEED series.
Vergne's victories at Spa on July 31st were aided by his pole position in Race 1 as well as securing the fastest lap with a time of 2:15.842 in Lap 5.
In Race 3 -- although Vergne won this too, the reverse-grid Race 2 is not counted in the Sunoco Daytona Challenge -- saw him miss out on pole to Oli Webb.
Webb's drive was, however, brought to an abrupt halt when he hit the barriers. He sits in fifth place on 62.92 average points, the second-highest placed Cooper Tires British F3 driver, while James Calado -- Vergne's Carlin teammate is at No. 9.
Excitement in the Sunoco Daytona Challenge moved up a gear recently with the arrival in the UK of racer Zak Brown's No. 39 Crawford Porsche Daytona Prototype (DP), which was on show at Rockingham in mid-July. More news on its next outing to follow soon.
The winner of this year's Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge will drive a DP next January in the Rolex 24, one of the most famous -- and most arduous -- endurance races in the world.
Vergne may be racing ahead, but motorsport has an uncanny way of toppling even the favourites, such as Rob Garofall in the inaugural Sunoco Daytona Challenge.
Will Vergne vanquish all? Will Ross Kaiser creep ahead? Will Matt Griffin grasp the lead? Watch this space.