Twenty-year-old Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario, Canada is approaching the mid-point in his first season in BRDC British F3 with team Hillspeed. Looking back on the first half of his BRDC British F3 season Hurst remarked;
“The season is going well so far. For sure, it’s been a steeper learning curve than anticipated. But, that said, I’m absolutely loving it and am improving every weekend. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The series has been extremely competitive this season with only seconds separating the field.
“’The competition is really tight, every lap has to be pretty much perfect and you really have to get 100% out of the car, which means it’s a great learning experience especially with regards to learning to be a better driver.”
On his experience with his team, Hillspeed, Hurst commented that he’s feeling right at home.
“I’m feeling at home with Hillspeed. They do a great job and we will continue to keep pushing through the rest of the season. The car is absolutely incredible to drive and the amount of grip and performance it has is a huge change from the F1600 car I drove in the past.”
With the series racing at legendary tracks such as Oulton Park, Snetterton, Silverstone, and Rockingham in the first part of the season Hurst has gained a lot of experience in learning tricky tracks and quickly.
“The tracks have been challenging but again, so far I’ve enjoyed them.”
And the best is still to come with regards to the tracks with more Silverstone races, and a visit to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium which Hurst claims is one of the things he is most looking forward to in the next part of the season. He’s also looking ahead towards learning and improving more throughout the coming races.
“I’m looking forward to building speed and improving at each coming race to be able to compete more and more.”
Hurst achieved his best finish of the season last weekend (May 26-27) at Snetterton finishing inside the top 8. He’s looking forward to improving on this finish in the latter part of the season.
Follow along with Ben’s progress here and on his social media accounts. Live timing and releases can be found on the BRDC British F3 website.