Formula 1600 Series driver, 2015 Rookie of the Year and BARC’s Best New Driver 2015 Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario returned to the track this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to participate in the Toyo Tires Ontario 1600 Series BARC Touring Trophy Races.
CTMP is a track Hurst is very familiar with having run plenty of laps here over the past two seasons. In the Saturday morning Qualifying session, Hurst managed to set some of his personal best lap times around the fast flowing track and break into the 1:30s, something he hadn’t yet managed to achieve. Hurst finished the session having qualified the car on the second row in P4 for the Saturday afternoon race.
“Qualifying went really really well,” Hurst commented. “The car felt really good, I had a bit of traffic for a few early laps but as soon as I got clear I did my first laps in the 1:30s at Mosport and ended the session qualifying fourth on the grid and also having completed my personal best laps around the track, which felt absolutely fantastic!”
Race 1 of the weekend took place later on Saturday Afternoon and saw Hurst manage to run just behind the lead pack of Michael Adams, Trenton Estep and Roman De Angelis.
“In the Saturday Race, I lined up on the second row and had a beautiful start (one of my best at Mosport) but I didn’t quite have the pace to keep up with the top three. I did manage to build a gap behind me and found myself on my own for the rest of the race which made it a bit of an uneventful race in that respect,” Hurst said.
The Sunday morning race went much the same as the Saturday afternoon race with Hurst starting in P4 and maintaining that position to the checkered.
The final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon brought a little more excitement for Hurst in the form of some variable weather conditions and an on-track incident. Despite the challenges Hurst still managed to finish the race in P4.
“I had a pretty good start but didn’t have as much pace as I did in the other two races. Despite that, I had a great battle with Stephen Adams,” Hurst remarked.
“Unfortunately, Stephen Adams, Danby Crowder and I made contact in Turn 10 around the halfway point in the race. There was no damage to my car and I was able to resume the race, but the other two weren’t quite as lucky. I was, however, glad to see that they were both okay. The incident was investigated by the stewards after the race and it was decided that no one was at fault.”
Hurst wishes to thank his team, Brian Graham Racing and his mechanic, Paul, and Piper Race-cars for another great weekend.
Looking forward, Hurst returns to the track August 12-14th at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres as part of the Formula Tour 1600 Quebec Series and Super Series.
“I’m really excited for Trois-Rivieres, it’s a new track for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Hurst added.
Hurst is proud to represent JRP and Total Balance Fitness.