Jonny Adam has clinched the 2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge, which will see the newly crowned British GT Champion take part in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.
Adam, a factory Aston Martin driver, outran Radical Euro Masters drivers Terrence Woodward and Victor Correa in the season-long competition, open to drivers taking part in selected Sunoco-fueled championships in Europe.
“I am delighted to win the 2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge this year which has topped off a successful season after winning the GT3 British GT Championship,” Adam said.
“It’s a great prize, and I can’t thank Anglo American Oil Company (Sunoco) enough for this opportunity. I am looking forward to heading back to Daytona and racing with Action Express in the No. 31 Whelen Daytona Prototype.”
Adam succeeds Phil Keen, who joined the Action Express/Whelen team at Daytona this year.
“Jonny Adam did an outstanding job in Beechdean British GT this season,” said Anders Hildebrand, Managing Director of Anglo American Oil Company.
“He scored highly with points from pole positions, fastest laps and race results, not only keeping British GT Challengers at bay, but also keen Challengers from Radical Enduro and Radical European Masters.
“We’re 100 percent [sure] that Jonny will do an excellent job with the 2015 IMSA Championship team Action Express in the No. 31 Whelen Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype.”
In addition to Adam, Paddy McClughan recently locked up the Sunoco 200 Challenge victory, which will see McClughan compete in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Daytona in Mitchum Motorsports’ Camaro.