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Hurst Closes US Portion of 2017 Season at Virginia International Raceway with Two Top Five Finishes

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homestead SCCA Majors

Formula 1600 driver Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario kicked off his 2017 race season this past weekend taking part in the F1600 SCCA Majors at Homestead Raceway in Florida. This race is the first of two that Hurst will be contesting in the United States, with the second to come in the spring when he travels to Virginia International Raceway for the SCCA Majors April 14th-16th.

Having raced at Homestead in the same event last year Hurst was familiar with the track and wasted no time getting up to speed, taking part in a test day on Friday to reacquaint himself before taking part in two qualifying sessions and two races.

“The car was fast as soon as we rolled it off the trailer, the team did a great job setting it up over the course of the test days,” Hurst commented.

Hurst qualified for his first race 4th in class.

“Qualifying went really well,” Hurst remarked. “We quickly realized that we needed to get into a pack of cars in order to take advantage of the draft and break into the top three which is good to know for next time.”

Race 1 of the weekend saw Hurst achieve his first career win (finishing 3rd overall in a field of 31 cars).

“I had a good start in the rain, it was my first time on the Hoosier rain tires and I couldn’t believe how much grip I had. I was just looking for dry areas on the track. Two laps in I passed for the lead and continued to pull away for my first win. Coming across the line felt incredible, the best feeling yet, hopefully, there are more wins to come this season.”

Hurst qualified for race two of the weekend just outside the top three in 4th as well.

“In the second race, we got unlucky with lapped traffic and fell back to finish in my starting position of 4th despite climbing a few positions over the course of the race. Some days you have luck and others you don’t, that’s just racing. Still a great weekend and a great starting point for 2017!”

Hurst wishes to thank his team, Brian Graham Racing, his mechanic and Piper Race Cars for another great weekend.

Hurst is the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Championship Rookie of the Year from 2015, BARC’s Best New Driver 2015 and a Team Canada Scholarship 2016 nominee. Hurst is proud to represent JRP and Total Balance Fitness.