Twenty-year old Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario has furthered his F1600 Toyo Tires Ontario Series championship lead with a solid results weekend at his home track of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
“Overall, it was a good weekend, no complaints and I always enjoy being at CTMP.”
Hurst qualified for the first race in P3 despite a slightly shortened session owing to a red flag around the mid point in the session.
“It wasn’t my best performance in qualifying, we still managed third and we just got unlucky with finding someone to draft with.”
The first race took place later in the day on Saturday and saw Hurst cross the line in P2.
“I got a little boxed in at the start and the only place I could go was the inside of turn one, which isn’t ideal, I lost about four positions there and spent a few laps recovering from that and then making my way up to P2 which is where I finished.”
Hurst also finished P2 in the second race of the weekend which took place before the lunch break on Sunday morning.
“I had a fantastic battle for P2 with one of the other A-Class drivers, unfortunately I did lose the draft on the lead and he got past me but nevertheless I had fun battling it out.”
The third and final race of the weekend also saw Hurst cross the line in P2.
“This race actually went according to plan, myself and the other top two cars pulled away from the rest of the pack. After the P2 car spun, I got past and starting in on closing the large gap to the lead. It took me a few laps to close that gap but I managed it, and also managed to pass into the lead, which I held for about four laps. Unfortunately, it was a close race and I was caught on the last lap and finished P2.”
Hurst wishes to thank his team, Brian Graham Racing, his mechanic, Paul, and his engineer, Cyril, for a great weekend. He also wants to thank Form and Function Fitness Centre for helping him to train and prepare for the weekend.
Hurst returns to the track the weekend of August 11th and 12th for an appearance in the Quebec Series in the annual GP3R event.
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.