Twenty-year-old Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario has wrapped up the US portion of his 2017 race season by taking part in the SCCA Majors at Virginia International Raceway last weekend (April 14-16th, 2017).
Virginia International Raceway was a new track for Hurst and in order to get a feel for the track he took part in a Thursday test day. However, the test day was riddled with on-track incidents, a pattern that would carry over into the rest of the weekend, and these incidents hampered Hurst’s ability to get a proper feel for the track.
Nevertheless, Hurst qualified his Brian Graham Racing Piper in P6 for the first race, not an easy feat considering that the field featured 49 cars of three different classes. The only entirely green flag session of the weekend was race one during which Hurst engaged in some proper wheel to wheel battles, and crossed the line in P4.
Hurst took the start of the second race of the weekend in P6 as well. This race was riddled with incidents resulting in only three green flagged laps and a safety car finish. The lack of green flag running meant that gaining position was no difficult. Hurst crossed the line behind the safety car in P5.
“It was an incredibly tough and frustrating weekend due to the fact that every session except for one was black flagged. This made it really tough to learn the track since it was my first time at VIR. That said, we made the best of it. I had two good races for BGR Piper Race cars and learned a lot despite the conditions.”
With the Canadian summer racing season coming up quickly for Hurst, he’s made some changes to his 2017 race plans and will be announcing those changes once plans have been finalized later this week. Stay tuned.
Hurst wishes to thank his team Brian Graham Racing, his mechanic, Martin, and Piper Race cars for another great race weekend.
Hurst is the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Championship Rookie of the Year from 2015, BARC’s Best New Driver of 2015, a Team Canada Scholarship 2016 nominee and a member of Pinty’s National Hot List of Drivers to watch in 2017.