Gold Coast driver Josh Hunt had a tough weekend in his Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry at the seventh round of the Toyota Atlantic Series in Toronto, Canada when a mysterious brake problem hampered his performance. Full of confidence...
Gold Coast driver Josh Hunt had a tough weekend in his Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry at the seventh round of the Toyota Atlantic Series in Toronto, Canada when a mysterious brake problem hampered his performance.
Full of confidence after a very strong showing at the previous round in Cleveland where he ran as high as second 19-year-old Hunt was confident of a good result entering the weekend in Toronto.
Hunt set the eighth fastest time in the opening qualifying session and believed that the weekend had the potential for him to achieve his best result in the Championship thus far.
During the final qualifying session brake problems began to plague Hunt in his Wright Patton Shakespeare swift costing him valuable track time.
The Lynx Racing team replaced every part of the in the braking system that they could in the time before the race in an attempt to alleviate the problem.
During the form up laps Hunt was feeling confident that the effort put in by the team was going to pay off.
Throughout the opening lap Hunt made several positions before a safety car was deployed to retrieve the stranded car of Jonathan Bamarito from turn three.
During this safety car period Hunt again began to endure the brake problems that had plagued him throughout the weekend.
"Under the safety car period I felt my pedal going spongy, very similar to what I felt throughout the weekend leading up to the race," said Hunt.
"I said to the team over the radio if the brakes got any worse I would have to retire."
Despite being very cautious under brakes over the next couple of laps Hunt remained inside the top ten before disaster struck entering turn one on lap.
"As I entered the braking region the car felt like it was pulling up just like the past couple of laps, as I went to turn in the pedal went to the floor," said Hunt.
"I tried to turn the car in but with no brakes was just carrying too much speed which sent me into a spin and backed the car up into the wall ending my race."
"It is a disappointing end because when we didn't have this mysterious brake problem the car was quite fast, we have to now focus on getting things perfected for the next round of the championship."
Hunt will completed two intensive days of testing in Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday before preparing himself for the eighth round of the Championship to be held in Vancouver on July 25.
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 Patton Shakespeare Financial Group, which is owned by Gold Coast businessman Craig Gore and Champ Car World Series Co-Owner and Aussie Kevin Kalkhoven.
A successful year in the Toyota Atlantic Championship will see Hunt make his Champ Car debut in the Lexmark Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast on October 21-24.