Queensland driver Josh Hunt continued his quest in the Toyota Atlantic Championship today setting the eight fastest time during opening qualifying at the Toronto Street Circuit in Canada aboard his Wright Patton Shakespeare entry. Continuing his...
Queensland driver Josh Hunt continued his quest in the Toyota Atlantic Championship today setting the eight fastest time during opening qualifying at the Toronto Street Circuit in Canada aboard his Wright Patton Shakespeare entry.
Continuing his impressive form of late, that included him running as high as second in the previous round, 19-year-old Hunt adapted quickly to the tricky street circuit holding down the third fastest time early in the qualifying session.
The Toronto circuit is regarded as one of the toughest street courses in the world with very little room for error.
"It is a tough track, one made even tougher after you come from racing on an airport last weekend where you could see the horizon to here where your in a concrete tunnel and can't see 20 feet ahead of you," said Hunt.
"From the start of opening practice we had a very strong car and it didn't take me long to adapt to the track."
One of the most pleasing thoughts for Hunt is that his flying lap wasn't simply a one off fast lap, he was able to put in consistent times all throughout the session.
"We are a lot closer to a near perfect set up on the opening day of a round to what we have been in the Lynx Racing team. The hard work put in by the team are showing with our consistent and fast pace already," said Hunt.
"I am always learning the track as this is my fist time here, on such a circuit experience counts for so much.
"When looking at my times there is really only three corners that I need to perfect anI will be right on the pace of the front runners, all throughout the remainder of the track I am matching their split times."
Hunt is confident with further track time tomorrow his times will continue to improve and climb up the order during the final qualifying session for the 35-lap race.
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 sixth 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.
The Toyota Atlantic race at Toronto is the seventh 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.