Monterrey: Josh Hunt qualifying notes

Hunt in Top 10 After Opening Qualifying in Monterrey Young Australian Josh Hunt has qualified in the provisional top 10 for the second round of the Toyota Atlantics Championship in Monterrey Mexico today, despite some mechanical issues with his...

Hunt in Top 10 After Opening Qualifying in Monterrey

Young Australian Josh Hunt has qualified in the provisional top 10 for the second round of the Toyota Atlantics Championship in Monterrey Mexico today, despite some mechanical issues with his Wright Patten Shakespeare-backed machine.

Hunt ran in the top six for the majority of the opening qualifying session, but could not extract any more time from his car after a loose engine rail bolt hampered his progress.

Hunt was running in the top five or six for the majority of the session, but his car slowed as the bolt worked its way loose. He also lost about six minutes because of an oil pressure glich which was fixed in the pits during the session.

Hunt will have the chance to improve on his 10th spot in tomorrow's final qualifying session.

"Overall the car was pretty good, but once the bolt came loose the engine began to flex and I could not get any more time out of it," said Hunt.

"During the 40-minute session we also had a couple of yellows and a red, which effected everyone.

"I definitely feel pretty good about the car and everything that's going on around me.

"We have the chance to work a couple of things out in the morning's practice session before having another crack at qualifying."

Hunt is having his second start in a Toyota Atlantics car after making his debut in the opening round at Long Beach last month.

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.

A successful season in the Toyota Atlantics Series will see him run a Champ Car at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast on October 24-27.

"The Monterrey track is awesome to drive on, although it has been very slippery on the opening day," said Hunt.

"I am sure it will only become more enjoyable as more and more rubber goes down.

"I am confident we can get up into the top half a dozen if everything goes our way in the final qualifying session tomorrow.

"This is all a great learning experience for me and every day I learn more and more about the Atlantics car."

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.

Toyota Atlantic Championship presented by Yokohama - Round Two Tecate Telmex Grand Prix in Monterrey

Saturday, May 22, 2004
9:15 AM -- 9:45 AM Atlantic Practice
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Atlantic Qualifying

Sunday, May 23, 2004
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Atlantic Warm Up
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM Atlantic Race (32-laps or 50 minute limit)

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Series Atlantic
Drivers David Besnard , Josh Hunt , Kevin Kalkhoven