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7.00 pm - 2nd November 2014. DORSET, UK

KEEN IS THE 2015 SUNOCO WHELEN CHALLENGE CHAMPION!

Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. would like to say a huge congratulations to Phil Keen, who has not only led the leaderboard since his first race this season, but has now been crowned the winner of the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge!

Phil Keen, a 31 year old racer from Henley on Thames who has been racing Karts since he was eight, has finally seen his efforts pay off in a different way as he prepares to takes to the tracks at Daytona International Speedway in January 2015 for Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Phil was competing in the Radical SR3 Challenge this year, with team-mate Peter Belshaw and run by Mark's Electricals, and managed to clinch the 2014 Radical SR3 Challenge Championship ahead of last year's 2014 Sunoco 200 Challenge Champion, Lewis Plato. After that, Keen was left to wait, having done all he could to score points towards the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge, for Tristan Viidas to compete in his final four races over in Catalunya.

As Phil was over in Catalunya competing in the GT Open (not eligible for 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge), where the Radical European Masters were also taking part in their final races, he was on hand to keep an eye on his main competitor, Tristan Viidas, who needed an almost 'impossibly' successful weekend to steal the prize. Unfortunately, although Tristan did some fantastic driving, and won his first two races, car trouble and a fight from last years Sunoco Challenge Winner, Bradley Smith, meant he was unable to achieve the 450 points he needed to overtake, which lost him places in the standings, and means Phil Keen has been crowned the winner of the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge.

 

Here are the final 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge top 5 standings:

Standings                           Driver Team            Series                               Points

1          Phil Keen                 Marks Electrical      Radical SR3 Challenge         89.61

2          Tomas Kostka          Audi Sport Italia      EUROV8SERIES                  78.50

3          Peter Belshaw          Marks Electrical       Radical SR3 Challenge        75.75

4          Tristan Viidas           Speed Factory         Radical SR8 Euro                70.39

5          Francesco Sini          Solaris Motorsport   EUROV8SERIES                  66.00

 
We spoke to Phil, who was run by Marks Electrical in the Radical SR3 Challenge, in Catalunya this weekend about how he felt winning the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge: "I am really pleased to have won the Sunoco Whelen Challenge. I can't wait to get out there, meet the team and learn the car and the track. A big thank to my team mate/sponsor Peter Belshaw, my Radical team Mark's Electrical and of course, Whelen Engineering, Sunoco and Daytona for giving me this opportunity". 

Managing Director of Anglo American Oil Company, Anders Hildebrand also said this about the win; "I'm very excited to have Phil Keen as the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner. Phil is a very fast and experienced SportsCar racer, and although he has never raced in the US or on an oval, I know he will have no problems getting up to speed very quickly. I'm confident that Phil will enjoy Daytona and who knows, the combination of Action Express and Whelen might just be the combination that will result in Phil getting his hand on the Rolex watch at the end of the race!"

After a hard battle all season to stay at the top, Phil can now sit back and relax for a few months whilst he prepares for the Rolex 24 At Daytona where he will be driving the Action Express run no.31 Whelen Corvette DP alongside the 2015 season line up of Eric Curran and Dane Cameron. Action Express recently announced that they will be running the Whelen car in addition to their no.5 car and the 2014 Tudor United Sportscar Champions. The 2014 season saw the team demonstrate incredible preparation and execution from the crew, as well as from its principal drivers, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, who started the season by winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona by just 1.461 seconds. They then went on to achieve another two race victories and an impressive seven podium results in the first 10 events. So who knows, this could mean a potential victory for Phil in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the chance to step onto the world famous podium!


2015 Sunoco 200 Challenge - Oskar Krüger was crowned the 2015 Sunoco 200 Challenge Champion after his efforts during the Radical Clubman's Cup. He will join fellow Radical racer at the Rolex 24 At Daytona where he will be driving the Sunoco liveried Chevrolet Camaro in the Continental Tire SportsCar Performance 200 on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona.     In early January Phil Keen will fly out to Daytona with 2015 Sunoco 200 Champion, Oskar Krüger, for official testing at the Roar Before the 24 on January 9-11. Whilst there he will get his first chance to drive on the 31 degree banking of the 3.56 mile Daytona International Speedway track. Then it won't be long until they are both back in America, where Phil will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona when it kicks off the 2015 TUDOR Championship race season at 2pm EST on Saturday 24th January 2015.


We have our winners. Next stop...Daytona International Speedway in January! 


ENDS

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

SUNOCO3C-3.pngANGLO AMERICAN OIL COMPANY 

Now in our 15th year of trading, the Anglo American Oil Company is continuing to represent Sunoco race fuels directly in the UK and through exclusive distributors in Europe and the Middle East. Anglo American Oil Company is the official fuel supplier for over 20 championships in Europe, some of which are eligible for the Sunoco Challenges. For details about our products go to www.aaoil.co.uk. 

 

THE SUNOCO CHALLENGES

The 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge is being provided in partnership with Whelen Engineering in the USA and Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. in the UK and allows racers from selected Sunoco fuelled Championships to compete against each other across the race season. Drivers in qualifying series compete in a unique point system and the highest number of points at the end of the season will be named the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner. The prize for the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge is a fully paid for race seat in the Whelen Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype which is run by Action Express Racing during the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2015. The 2014 season is open to challengers from Radical SR3 Challenge, Radical European Masters, EUROV8SERIES and Britcar Endurance - it is these drivers, in these series alone that are considered to be able to handle a DP car at plus 190mph speed on the famed 31° banking at Daytona International Speedway. 

The 2015 Sunoco 200 Challenge is run by Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. and provides the winner, from additional eligible series, with a race seat in a top Chevrolet Camaro car during the 200 mile endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The eligible series for 2014 are: F3 Cup, GT Cup, Radical Clubman's Cup, Britcar Sports & Touring Car and Trophy Series and the MINI Challenge.  For more details and latest standings go to www.sunocochallenge.com.   

 

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