Formula 1600 driver Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario returned to the track this weekend to participate in the MCO Ted Powell Memorial Races held at Calabogie Motorsport Park.
In contrast to Hurst’s last race weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, this weekend included ample track time in the form of two test days, one qualifying session and three races. Additionally, this was a track Hurst was familiar with having raced there last year. However; tricky weather conditions, in the form of heat and rain, and stiff competition made it a bit of a difficult weekend for him.
Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon and saw Hurst qualify the car in P6 after setting a best last time of 2:16.2.
“Qualifying went okay,” Hurst commented. “There were extremely high track temperatures and the track was getting greasy so I was happy with P6.”
Race 1 took place later in the afternoon on Saturday and meant that Hurst faced similar conditions to qualifying due to the high track temperatures. Hurst crossed the line in P6 overall.
“The race was quite a hot one,” Hurst remarked. “I struggled a little bit with grip during the race because of the high temperatures but I had a great start. I ended up staying in P6 throughout the race. All in all, it was a pretty uneventful race after the start.”
Day two brought two mores races for Hurst and a whole new set of conditions. Race 2 of the weekend took place on Sunday morning and saw Hurst face wet track conditions. Despite the tricky conditions, Hurst finished the race in P8 overall.
“This race was in the rain,” Hurst commented. “and it was a tough one because of the changing conditions; we expected it to be wetter than it was but I still managed to keep it on the track. It was a good race overall with all things considered.”
Race 3 took place later in the afternoon on Sunday and saw Hurst bring home his best finish of the weekend; P3 in the A-Class and P6 overall.
“I had an okay start,” Hurst said. “But after that it was somewhat of a quiet race for me, though there was lots of excitement for the front runners which actually resulted in me coming home with a podium finish (3rd place).”
Hurst also got some good news heading into the weekend in the form being nominated for the Team Canada Scholarship 2016.
On how he felt receiving the news Hurst said; “I’m really pleased that my hard work over the past year and a half is starting to pay off.”
Hurst returns to the track to contest his final race of the season the weekend of September 17th and 18th for the BEMC Indian Summer Races as a part of the Ontario-based Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Series.
Hurst wishes to thank his mechanic, Kyle; his team, Brian Graham Racing; and Piper Race cars; for yet another great weekend of racing.
Hurst is the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Championship Rookie of the Year, BARC’s Best New Driver 2015 and a Team Canada Scholarship 2016 nominee. He is proud to represent JRP and Total Balance Fitness.