Denver Dog Fight Begins For Hunt Wright Patton Shakespeare supported Queenslander Josh Hunt battled with an inconsistent car set up to be ninth fastest during opening qualifying for round ten of the Toyota Atlantic Championship on the Denver ...
Denver Dog Fight Begins For Hunt
Wright Patton Shakespeare supported Queenslander Josh Hunt battled with an inconsistent car set up to be ninth fastest during opening qualifying for round ten of the Toyota Atlantic Championship on the Denver street circuit today.
Fresh from his best finish in the Championship last weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake Hunt was confident of continuing this form as he entered this weekend.
After being tenth fastest during opening practice on the tight and tricky 1.6-mile (2.5 kilometre) circuit Hunt improved marginally during opening qualifying to be in ninth position at the end of the session.
"The track is a similar layout to making a go-kart track out of a driveway," said Hunt.
"It is tight and very bumpy, a stable car is vitally important at this place. Right now we don't have anywhere near a stable car.
"Throughout both of today's sessions there was no point pushing too hard, it is better off trying to work on a more stable set up than overdriving and ending up in the wall.
"For us to move up the order it will be a case concentrate on the setup of the car and once I am able to feel more comfortable in the car I have now doubt we will move up the order."
Denver is the fifth temporary street circuit in the Championship this year. The atmosphere surrounding the event is one of the best Hunt has experienced.
"Denver is really like the Gold Coast carnival, the people of the city are really behind the event it is a fantastic atmosphere. They really get behind their sports here, there is a sports stadium on almost every street corner" said Hunt.
"So far the event itself has the best atmosphere of all the rounds this year, I hope that I can get closer to the front tomorrow to make the event even more enjoyable for me."
Tomorrow Hunt will have just one session of extended track time with the final round of qualifying set to take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. On race day, warm-up is scheduled for 8-8:15 a.m. Sunday morning with the 37-lap race set to get underway at 10:30am.
The time in Denver is 16 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
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.
All Toyota Atlantic cars are manufactured by Swift Engineering and powered by a 1600cc Toyota engine 240 horsepower producing speeds in excess of 160 mph (260 kmh) while using a 15-inch diameter lightweight aluminium wheels mounted with Yokohama tyres.
Run in conjunction with the tenth round of the Champ Car World Series, this is the 31st year of competition for the Toyota Atlantic Championship and is regarded as the premier training ground for the future stars of the sport.
The Toyota Atlantic race at Denver is the tenth 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 with eight rounds in America, one in Mexico and three in Canada.