Denver: Josh Hunt race notes

Another Top Ten For Hunt Queensland driver Josh Hunt added another top ten finish to his Toyota Atlantic resume crossing the line ninth in Round Ten of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at Denver last weekend. On a circuit that allows for very...

Another Top Ten For Hunt

Queensland driver Josh Hunt added another top ten finish to his Toyota Atlantic resume crossing the line ninth in Round Ten of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at Denver last weekend.

On a circuit that allows for very little passing Hunt was the big mover early passing more cars than anyone else in the field during the early laps to be eighth aboard the Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry.

Hunt held this position for the majority of the race on the tight, bumpy layout.

With his pace during the opening half of the race it appeared as though Hunt and his Lynx Racing team had overcome the set up problems that had hampered his qualifying effort. However despite trying their fourth different base set up for the weekend Hunt began to endure an unbalanced car late in the race.

With the car becoming a handful to drive Hunt lost some of his early pace and dropped one position to finish ninth and record his fifth top ten finish for the Championship.

"After finding the going tough during qualifying I thought we may have found a sweet spot in the set up during the first few laps," said Hunt.

"As the race continued the car became harder to drive and was also pretty uncomfortable as well.

"With the car the way it was I decided that my main aim was to get the finish and in the process another top ten finish. I could have pushed the car harder under brakes but it just wasn't settled enough to go as hard as what is needed and possibly would have ended in tears."

Hunt will now turn his focus towards the next round of the Championship in Montreal on August 29.

"I passed through Montreal the other week and which gave me an opportunity to check out the track which looks like a lot of fun," said Hunt.

"It is a real fast and smooth track which should suit our car because it has been fast on those type of tracks lately but has struggled on the bumpier circuits for some reason."

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.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers David Besnard , Josh Hunt , Kevin Kalkhoven