Krüger masters Sunoco liveried Camaro
After only a few days back in native Sweden after the Roar in early January, Sunoco 200 Challenge winner Oskar Krüger flew back out to the States in preparation for his drive in the BMW Performance 200 race. The BMW Performance 200 is a 200 mile long race that takes place on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona race weekend. For the fourth year running, the winner of the Sunoco 200 Challenge was looked after by experienced Mitchum Motorsports team that run the #6.2 Sunoco liveried Camaro.
After only getting in around 10 laps on the high banks of Daytona Speedway during the Roar earlier in January, Oskar was apprehensive ahead of his drive, there was a lot for him to take on board, including learning how to handle such heavy car, getting to grips with a stick shift and heel and toeing! However, the experienced Mitchum Motorsports team were on hand to coach Oskar through everything he needed to know, and teamed with Dylan Murcott, together, they were a perfect combination.
Arriving back in the warm Florida sun, Oskar's team-mate Dylan first took to the track, and as an eager Oskar was strapped into the car, it was clear that the coaching from the team had paid off. After a cautious start, he was soon dropping seconds off his lap times, gaining a decent pace, just less than half a second off Dylan's.
As Oskar was starting the race, he qualified the car in 16th position, giving the Sunoco Camaro a good start position for the race. Then it was race day, and after the American style pre-race ceremonies, it was soon Oskar's turn to show he was worthy of the Sunoco 200 Challenge prize drive. He showed great form in the early stages of the race, however, about midway through his stint the drive belt broke apart, possibly from debris on the track, so Oskar pulled the car in and he was towed back to the garage. Thinking the race was over at this point, Oskar waited whilst the team worked quickly to get the car back out. Eight laps down and Oskar was back out, albeit with a bit of distance between him and the main front runners of the race. He then enjoyed the rest of his stint before handing the car over to Dylan half way through, but it became apparent just 20 minutes before the end of the race that the earlier damage had caused a slow leak in the cooler hose which added increasing issues selecting gears. Unfortunately, this meant that the car had to retire and all hopes for finishing the race were over. However, the team still achieved a solid 17th place finish in the GS class, and a performance that continues to prove that the Sunoco 200 Challenge brings some very worthy drivers to American Soil.
As Oskar, at only 19 years old, had worked his way up from Karts, and then driven in Radical Championships in the UK for the past two years, we are proud of his achievement of taking on such a powerful car in a high profile race and bringing it home safely. The Sunoco 200 Challenge will continue to run for 2015 and we look forward to seeing similar talent on the Daytona International Speedway in January 2016...watch this space!
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THE SUNOCO CHALLENGES: The 2015 Sunoco 200 Challenge is run by Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. and provides the winner, from additional eligible series to the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, 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 2015 are: F3 Cup, GT Cup, Radical Sprint Championship (formally Clubman's Cup), Britcar Sports & Touring Car and Trophy Series, MINI Challenge and new for 2015 the Atom Cup and British GT4. For more details and latest standings go to www.sunocochallenge.com