Top Ten for Hunt at Milwaukee Gold Coast driver Josh Hunt extended his run of top ten finishes in the Toyota Atlantic Championship to three straight at the Milwaukee Mile today aboard his Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry. Hunt, who...
Top Ten for Hunt at Milwaukee
Gold Coast driver Josh Hunt extended his run of top ten finishes in the Toyota Atlantic Championship to three straight at the Milwaukee Mile today aboard his Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry.
Hunt, who had never seen a race on an oval circuit, let alone driven on one, prior to practice late last week drove a conscious race ensuring that he gained valuable oval racing experience.
Hunt remained cautious throughout the opening part of the 70-lap race holding his position just outside the top ten, narrowly behind a group of four cars.
"The main aim of today was to focus on gaining race experience around an oval," said Hunt.
By mid-race Hunt continued to improve his lap times and had engaged in a battle with three other cars for positions seven through to 11.
"Throughout the race I learnt a lot about the affect of aerodynamics on an oval, especially when you are in a close battle," said Hunt.
"My car was pretty slippery and at times was a challenge to driver, a couple of times it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up."
With the famous Milwaukee oval being considered as one of the toughest circuits in the Championship Hunt focused ensuring he gained a good result for the Lynx Racing team.
A late race incident involving two cars brought about the second caution period of the event.
With the final four-laps of the race being held under caution Hunt crossed the line ninth to record his third top ten finish of the Championship.
"Another top ten finish is good especially considering it was my first race on an oval, a lot of experienced guys got caught out today," said Hunt.
"At the end of the race I was pleased with how my fitness held up, despite the g-forces my body endured I felt as fresh at the end of the race as I did when I started it."
Jon Fogarty won today's race ahead of Ronnie Bremer and Andrew Ranger.
With the next two rounds of the Championship being held at Portland June 19 and 20, where Hunt has tested at previously, the 19-year-old is confident of continuing his improvement in the Toyota Atlantic Championship.
"Portland is the one track that I have been to before the Championship started and I am really looking forward to getting back there in a couple of weeks time," said Hunt.
"Since we tested there my confidence in the car has improved out of sight and I am confident of recording a good result."
Run in conjunction with the opening 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.
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.