Full Name: Benjamin Robert Hurst
Born: March 28, 1997
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Education: Appleby College (high school), University of Manchester (undergrad)
When he’s not driving: working out, spending time with friends, and snowboarding
Ben entered racing in 2015 with only a half a season of karting experience under his belt. Jumping into the Brian Graham Racing Formula 1600 car meant a steep learning curve for Ben but he took to the challenge easily earning both the Toyo Tires F1600 Ontario Series Rookie of the Year award and the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) Best New Driver Award. He earned his first podium last July at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the BARC Grand Prix of Ontario. He finished up last season in 4th place overall in the ‘A’ Class Championship (Ontario) and in 9th place in the Ontario and Quebec Super Series.
Ben also made full use of his off-season competing in a number of SCCA Majors races at Homestead, Sebring and Road Atlanta. After his final race in the United States Ben was sitting in 4th place.
In 2016, Ben returned to the Toyo Tires F1600 Ontario Series and contested the full Formula Tour 1600 Quebec Series. He finished both series in the top ten.
In 2017, Ben signed on to contest the Ontario based Toyo Tires F1600 Championship as well as contesting a few races in the United States. After starting his season with a win in Florida during the SCCA Homestead Majors (his first race win), he continued on to finish the 2017 season as the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Series Ontario Champion and Team Canada Scholarship Winner.
The 2018 season was a season of many changes for Ben as he took his racing career across the 'pond' to contest the BRDC British F3 Championship with Hillspeed Racing Team in the UK. Ben finished this BRDC British F3 season in 16th with 137 points.
In 2019, Ben made the switch to GT Racing by signing with Academy Motorsport to race the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 alongside Micah Stanley in the British GT Championship.
Ben also splits his time earning his degree in Sports Management at the University of Manchester in England.