Hunt To Start From Eighth in Mexico Gold Coast driver Josh Hunt continued his rapid rise towards the front of the pack in the Toyota Atlantic Championship qualifying eighth in his Wright Patten Shakespeare supported entry for tomorrow's second...
Hunt To Start From Eighth in Mexico
Gold Coast driver Josh Hunt continued his rapid rise towards the front of the pack in the Toyota Atlantic Championship qualifying eighth in his Wright Patten Shakespeare supported entry for tomorrow's second round of the Championship in Monterrey, Mexico.
The 19-year-old improved on his 10th spot from Friday's opening qualifying session to hold down fifth for the majority of the second qualifying session held yesterday.
Despite being dropped to eighth late in the session Hunt is pleased with the pace that he has shown in his first visit to the 2.104-mile (3.366 km) Fundidora Park circuit.
"The track is an excellent track and very challenging. It is one that you always have to keep your eye on with the surface being very slippery and grip levels ever changing," said Hunt.
"We were fast very early in the session but just got pipped late in the session from the top five.
"It is very close from fourth to eighth with only two-tenths of a second covering the group but I feel that we have a good race package.
"A lot of the guys in front of me were only able to put in one real quick lap but my car was very consistent and I was able to put in some good times lap after lap."
Hunt's Lynx Racing team mate Bryan Sellers qualified on the outside front row for tomorrow's 32-lap/50 minute race.
"We were right on par with Bryan for the majority of the session but he was able to get some changes in before the session to put in a blinder of a lap," said Hunt.
"The race will be tough because there are quite a few opportunities to pass but you just have to be careful with the grip levels off the racing line."
Hunt is the first Australian to compete in the Toyota Atlantic Series since fellow Queenslander David Besnard in 1999 and has received major support from Wright Patten Shakespeare Financial Group, which is owned by Gold Coast Business man Craig Gore and Champ Car World Series Co-Owner and Aussie Kevin Kalkhoven.
The Toyota Atlantic series, now in its 31st year, is the triple-A baseball of open-wheel auto racing, a place where the stars of tomorrow hone their skills at 160 mph in front of the Champ Car team owners who are their potential future employers. Atlantic cars are 'spec' race cars, placing a premium on driver skill and team preparation. The 1260-pound, single seat race cars are powered by 1.6-litre, 250 horsepower Toyota engines.
The 32-lap/50-minute Toyota Atlantic race is scheduled to take the green flag at 12:30 pm local time and will be televised live on the Speed Channel on Sunday, May 30 at 1:00 pm Eastern time across America.
The Toyota Atlantic race at the Tecate Telmex Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico is the second of 12 rounds in the Championship. All 12 scheduled races this year will be run in conjunction with Champ Car World Series events on tracks that include road courses and ovals, as well as street and airport circuits. All Atlantic races will be run in the NAFTA market, with eight events in the US, three in Canada, and one in Mexico.
The time in Monterrey, Mexico is 10 hours behind Australian EST.