Montreal: Josh Hunt preview

Hunt Ready To Motor in Montreal Queensland teenager Josh Hunt heads to Montreal in Canada this weekend for the penultimate round of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit aboard his Wright Patton Shakespeare supported...

Hunt Ready To Motor in Montreal

Queensland teenager Josh Hunt heads to Montreal in Canada this weekend for the penultimate round of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit aboard his Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry.

After spending a rare weekend at his American base in Sanoma Hunt is eager to get back behind the wheel and finish the Toyota Atlantic Championship on a high.

"Following the last six weeks where I have been on the road at various circuits across America and Canada I got back home last week and having spent almost two weeks without going to a race track, I'm starting to have withdrawal symptoms," said Hunt.

"For the past six months I have done nothing but concentrate on my racing, it has been very intense.

"Since arriving back here last Monday I have spent a couple of hours in the gym each day, some days twice a day and then when I haven't been at the gym I have been going over set up sheets and data.

"There are only so many times you can do that, I can't wait to get to Montreal."

Prior to the previous round of the Championship Hunt spent a day in Montreal where he had the opportunity to check out the 2.747 mile (4.4208 km) road circuit and to the delight of Hunt he very much liked what he saw.

"It's smooth and fast, just the way I like them," said Hunt.

"The curbs are high and just like the curbs on Formula One circuits my engineers have told me you have to use every inch of the track, including the curbs to get a fast lap time.

"It is a very fast track with long braking zones which should create some great racing, I think brake wear are going to be one of the biggest factors during the race.

"Although I haven't raced there before I look back at my results on similar tracks such as Monterrey and Road America which gives me a lot of confidence entering this weekend."

Practice begins on Friday morning followed by opening qualifying with a further practice and qualifying session held on Saturday. The 25-lap race will begin at 10:45am on Sunday.

The time in Montreal is 14 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 Montreal is the eleventh 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