Twenty-year-old Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario has kicked off the Ontario portion of his 2017 season with a runner-up weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as he contested the first installment of the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Series Ontario Championship.
After an off-season of racing and testing in England and the US Hurst returned to his home track of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this past weekend where he participated in the BEMC Spring Trophy races.
Hurst qualified his Brian Graham Racing Piper DL7 in P2 for all three of the weekend’s races and battled fiercely for the lead throughout all of the races, even managing to hold the lead for a few laps, before crossing the line in P2 for all three races.
“The first race was a great battle, I really enjoyed it, especially getting to lead some laps. The other two races were great as well. I just made some small mistakes which cost me the lead but still getting the chance to fight for the win was a fantastic feeling in all three races.”
It’s three years this past weekend that Hurst started his first ever car race and his progress to this point, from having only half a season of karting experience to fighting for the lead and leading a few laps, has been noteworthy.
“A great start to the season. My Brian Graham Racing Piper ran flawlessly all weekend.”
Hurst wishes to thank his team, Brian Graham Racing, his mechanic, Paul, and Piper Race cars for another great weekend. He also wants to thank Form and Function Fitness Centre for helping him to train and prepare for the 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. Hurst is proud to represent Form and Function Fitness Centre and Braidan Tire.