Hurst Announces New Partnership for 2017 Season with Form and Function Fitness Centre

Twenty-year-old Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario has announced a new partnership with Form and Function Fitness Centre for the 2017 season.

Form and Function Fitness Centre is located near Hurst’s hometown in Mississauga, Ontario and is a 10,000 square foot facility that has something to offer to everyone whether a professional athlete (like Hurst) or an everyday athlete. They provide a completely integrated system of training, nutrition, and sports medicine; a one-stop location for complete wellness services. Form and Function is owned and operated by D’Arcy Smith.

In exchange for providing Hurst with training for the season, Form and Function Fitness will be gaining a new ambassador for their brand. Hurst will be running their name on his Brian Graham Racing Piper DL7 for the season while he contests the Ontario-based Toyo Tires F1600 Series.

“I’m really excited to be working with Form and Function Fitness. It’s a great facility. I’ve known D’Arcy [the owner] for a while and we both share a passion for cars. I’m really pleased to be representing them in the Toyo Tires F1600 Series this year,” Hurst commented of the new partnership.

Hurst and Smith have been working together throughout the off-season in preparation for the coming season.

“With the strength and conditioning progress we have made in the off-season we are excited to see how it translates as we head into this coming race season,” Smith commented of the work they’ve done so far.

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. 

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Hurst announces new initiative with Cliff Dempsey Racing; to participate in two test days in England

Nineteen-year-old Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario has announced a new initiative with Cliff Dempsey Racing in England. Hurst has signed on to complete two test days with the English Formula Ford squad alongside his Canadian racing commitments while he is in England studying Sports Management.

“It was really all thanks to the recommendation from Brian Graham that I managed to set this up with Cliff Dempsey. I’m doing my schooling at the University of Manchester, and part of the idea with going to school over there was to take advantage of racing opportunities in England, because it’s the home of motorsport with some of the most competitive Formula Ford fields in the world, and I want to go up against the best.”

Hurst got the chance to see some of this top class Formula Ford racing last fall when he spent some time with Cliff Dempsey Racing while fellow Canadian, Parker Thompson, competed in the Formula Ford festival.

“Ever since I started following racing, I knew that Britain was the home to Formula One and motorsport and to be able to race and test on tracks that have been home to some iconic races is a dream come true.”

Hurst will be testing at Brands Hatch on March 10th and Silverstone on March 24th.

 “I want to see how the testing with Cliff Dempsey goes first before making other plans but ultimately I would like to do at least a race or two while I’m studying in England.”

In addition to learning new tracks, Hurst will also be driving a completely different car from the Piper he drives in Canada.

“It always helps to go to new tracks to learn them and hopefully I’ll be able to learn a few things about race craft while I’m testing with Cliff Dempsey. As for the car, it’s always a learning experience to drive another car but I always find it fun to see how different cars behave.”