Race Recap

Results Weekend at Home Track Helps Hurst Open up Ontario Championship Lead

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. 

 


Winning Weekend at Shannonville Cements Ontario Championship Lead for Hurst

Twenty-year-old Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario has cemented his lead in the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Series Ontario Championship following a winning weekend at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

“Overall, it was a fantastic weekend, really happy to have my first win in the Toyo Tires Championship and had a lot of fun at Shannonville especially because of the added challenge of having two different track layouts to race on over the course of the weekend.”

During the Saturday qualifying session Hurst went out and took pole for the first race later in the day. That would be his first ever pole position. “It felt great to get my first pole,” he added.

“The race was an awesome battle despite difficult conditions, while it had stopped raining in time for the green flag the track was still very wet to drive. A spin early on in the race pushed me down into P3, but I recovered really well and had a great battle with two B-Class cars at the front and took the lead towards the end of the race,”

Having set the fastest lap time of the first race Hurst started the weekend’s second race, which took place Sunday morning, on pole as well.

“I had a great start, a little misjudgement on braking on my part caused me to run wide through the grass on the first lap but I managed to recover quickly and actually had a lot of fun making my way back through the pack to finish second overall and first in class.”

Making it a weekend sweep, Hurst started the third and final race on pole as well and subsequently led every lap of the race.

“I got a fantastic start and kept the lead after the first few corners. From there I kept my head down and continued to build up my lead throughout the rest of the race. It felt great to end the weekend with a dominant race like that.”

Hurst wishes to thank his team, Brian Graham Racing, his mechanic, Kyle, and his engineer, Cyril, for a great weekend. He also wishes 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 July 29th and 30th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the fourth round of the Toyo Tires F1600 Series Ontario Championship.

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.  

Hurst Continues Ontario Championship Quest with Solid Results Weekend at CTMP

Twenty-year old Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario has taken the points lead of the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Series Ontario Championship following a solid results weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“It was a great weekend overall, we had good results despite the tough competition and a variety of weather conditions. In the end, we came away from the weekend with the points lead in the Ontario championship which is great but there’s still lots of racing left in the season.”

Hurst crossed the line in P2 during the first race despite the tricky wet track conditions. Hurst has always found that the wet is a strength of his and this weekend it brought him his best result.

Hurst finished P9 in the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning. After a hard charge through the pack, an incident with another driver in corner two left him finishing just inside the top ten.

In the final race of the weekend, Hurst crossed the line in P4 after having managed to hang on to the lead pack throughout the race.

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 July 7th and 8th at Shannonville Motorsport Park for the third round of the Toyo Tires F1600 Series Ontario Championship.

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. 

 

 

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. 

BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races at CTMP

Formula 1600 driver Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario returned to the track for one final race this past weekend before ending his season and heading off to study at the University of Manchester. He contested the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Ontario-based series finale which ran as a part of the BEMC Indian Summer trophy races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

As a result of his preparations for school Hurst missed the Friday test day starting his race weekend with only a ten-minute practice session before qualifying. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a track Hurst is familiar with and he did not struggle at all after missing the test day, qualifying the car in P3.

“It was okay,” Hurst said of qualifying. “It was my second time in the car this weekend but overall it went really well once I got used to the car again.”

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and resulted in a wet race 1 taking place later in the afternoon on Saturday.

“Saturday’s race was a bit uneventful even though it was in the rain,” Hurst remarked. “I just wanted to bring it home third and ready to start a hopefully dry race on Sunday from the front row.”

Hurst finished race one in 5th overall and 3rd in the A-Class.

Sunday brought two more races for Hurst and thankfully dry track conditions.

Race 2 took place just before lunch on Sunday and saw Hurst start beside his Brian Graham Racing teammate, Roman De Angelis, on the front row and battle hard with B-Class winner, Graham Lobban, to take P2 in the A-Class and 2nd overall.

“I started on the front row for the first time,” Hurst commented. “I had an okay start but it got exciting in my battle with some of the B-Class drivers and I came home second overall.”

The excitement continued for Hurst in Race 3 as he and B-Class winner, Graham Lobban, traded overall podium spots, with Hurst finishing 3rd overall and P2 in the A-Class. The show these drivers put on during Race 3 was perhaps some of the best racing to take to the track all weekend, as they raced within inches of each other trading positions at every corner.

“Probably the best race of the season for me,” Hurst said. “Definitely had the most fun racing wheel to wheel with the B-Class race winner,”

Hurst concluded the Toyo Tires F1600 Series Championship in 4th place only 8 points behind the 3rdplaced driver. He now heads to England to study sports management at the University of Manchester. On his plans for his off-season Hurst said;

“Training hard and hopefully getting some racing done while I’m at school in England. I’m also considering going down to the US for some racing when I have a break from school but nothing is concrete yet,”

Hurst wishes to thank his mechanic, Paul; his team, Brian Graham Racing especially Brian and Kelly for all their hard work and hospitality this season. He’d also like to thank Piper Race cars for a great season of racing.

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. He is proud to represent JRP and Total Balance fitness.

Ted Powell Memorial Races at Calabogie

Formula 1600 driver Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario returned to the track this weekend to participate in the MCO Ted Powell Memorial Races held at Calabogie Motorsport Park.

In contrast to Hurst’s last race weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, this weekend included ample track time in the form of two test days, one qualifying session and three races. Additionally, this was a track Hurst was familiar with having raced there last year. However; tricky weather conditions, in the form of heat and rain, and stiff competition made it a bit of a difficult weekend for him.

Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon and saw Hurst qualify the car in P6 after setting a best last time of 2:16.2.

“Qualifying went okay,” Hurst commented. “There were extremely high track temperatures and the track was getting greasy so I was happy with P6.”

Race 1 took place later in the afternoon on Saturday and meant that Hurst faced similar conditions to qualifying due to the high track temperatures. Hurst crossed the line in P6 overall.

“The race was quite a hot one,” Hurst remarked. “I struggled a little bit with grip during the race because of the high temperatures but I had a great start. I ended up staying in P6 throughout the race. All in all, it was a pretty uneventful race after the start.”

Day two brought two mores races for Hurst and a whole new set of conditions. Race 2 of the weekend took place on Sunday morning and saw Hurst face wet track conditions. Despite the tricky conditions, Hurst finished the race in P8 overall.

“This race was in the rain,” Hurst commented. “and it was a tough one because of the changing conditions; we expected it to be wetter than it was but I still managed to keep it on the track. It was a good race overall with all things considered.”

Race 3 took place later in the afternoon on Sunday and saw Hurst bring home his best finish of the weekend; P3 in the A-Class and P6 overall.

“I had an okay start,” Hurst said. “But after that it was somewhat of a quiet race for me, though there was lots of excitement for the front runners which actually resulted in me coming home with a podium finish (3rd place).”

Hurst also got some good news heading into the weekend in the form being nominated for the Team Canada Scholarship 2016.

On how he felt receiving the news Hurst said; “I’m really pleased that my hard work over the past year and a half is starting to pay off.”

Hurst returns to the track to contest his final race of the season the weekend of September 17th and 18th for the BEMC Indian Summer Races as a part of the Ontario-based Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Series.

Hurst wishes to thank his mechanic, Kyle; his team, Brian Graham Racing; and Piper Race cars; for yet another great weekend of racing.

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

 

BARC Touring Trophy Races at CTMP

Formula 1600 Series driver, 2015 Rookie of the Year and BARC’s Best New Driver 2015 Ben Hurst of Oakville, Ontario returned to the track this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to participate in the Toyo Tires Ontario 1600 Series BARC Touring Trophy Races.

CTMP is a track Hurst is very familiar with having run plenty of laps here over the past two seasons. In the Saturday morning Qualifying session, Hurst managed to set some of his personal best lap times around the fast flowing track and break into the 1:30s, something he hadn’t yet managed to achieve. Hurst finished the session having qualified the car on the second row in P4 for the Saturday afternoon race.

“Qualifying went really really well,” Hurst commented. “The car felt really good, I had a bit of traffic for a few early laps but as soon as I got clear I did my first laps in the 1:30s at Mosport and ended the session qualifying fourth on the grid and also having completed my personal best laps around the track, which felt absolutely fantastic!”

Race 1 of the weekend took place later on Saturday Afternoon and saw Hurst manage to run just behind the lead pack of Michael Adams, Trenton Estep and Roman De Angelis.

“In the Saturday Race, I lined up on the second row and had a beautiful start (one of my best at Mosport) but I didn’t quite have the pace to keep up with the top three. I did manage to build a gap behind me and found myself on my own for the rest of the race which made it a bit of an uneventful race in that respect,” Hurst said.

The Sunday morning race went much the same as the Saturday afternoon race with Hurst starting in P4 and maintaining that position to the checkered.

The final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon brought a little more excitement for Hurst in the form of some variable weather conditions and an on-track incident. Despite the challenges Hurst still managed to finish the race in P4.

“I had a pretty good start but didn’t have as much pace as I did in the other two races. Despite that, I had a great battle with Stephen Adams,” Hurst remarked.

“Unfortunately, Stephen Adams, Danby Crowder and I made contact in Turn 10 around the halfway point in the race. There was no damage to my car and I was able to resume the race, but the other two weren’t quite as lucky. I was, however, glad to see that they were both okay. The incident was investigated by the stewards after the race and it was decided that no one was at fault.”

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

Looking forward, Hurst returns to the track August 12-14th at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres as part of the Formula Tour 1600 Quebec Series and Super Series.

“I’m really excited for Trois-Rivieres, it’s a new track for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Hurst added.

Hurst is proud to represent JRP and Total Balance Fitness.