Ben Hurst is the 2017 Team Canada Scholarship Winner

Ben Hurst is the 2017 Team Canada Scholarship Winner

"We are delighted to announce Ben as our TCS winner, he has really developed this season into a winner and made progress with every event. This opportunity will no doubt be another chance for him to learn in a totally different arena and expand his resume as he continues his career in racing. " comments Team Canada Scholarship founder Brian Graham.

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.