Vancouver: Josh Hunt race notes

Luckless Hunt a Victim in Vancouver Queensland teenager Josh Hunt was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time in the opening turn in the eighth round of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at Vancouver, Canada. After starting from the...

Luckless Hunt a Victim in Vancouver

Queensland teenager Josh Hunt was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time in the opening turn in the eighth round of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at Vancouver, Canada.

After starting from the inside of the fifth row aboard his Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry Hunt was boxed in between another car and the concrete wall as the field entered the opening turn.

Under brakes third starting Bryan Sellers locked a brake forcing the five cars behind him to "check up" and slow dramatically leaving Hunt no where to go. As the two cars in front of him made contact Hunt also made contact with the car alongside of him.

The impact sent Hunt spearing into the air.

"(Alex) Figge got into (Andrew) Ranger and I was left nowhere to go but into Figge and was squeezed into Danica (Patrick) which sent me airborne," said Hunt.

"I almost became the first Atlantic to launch into space."

Hunt emerged from the incident uninjured but the same couldn't be said for his Lynx Racing prepared Wright Patton Shakespeare Swift with the car suffering a broken upright, bent front suspension and damage to the tunnel.

The 19-year-old limped back to the pit area where the team repaired the damage enough for Hunt to get back out onto the circuit to circulate and record valuable Championship points.

"If the great wall of China was to fall out of the sky it would probably land right in front of me with the luck I'm having lately," said Hunt.

"In motorsport you have runs where you are simply plagued by bad luck and caught up in incidents, I am sure that very soon it will all turn around. I am keeping my chin up and focusing on the positives.

"All I need is a clear run throughout a race weekend and I am confident that I will be inside the top five, hopefully this will come next round when we head to Road America."

The race was won by Ryan Dalziel followed by Jon Fogarty and Ronnie Bremer.

The next round of the Championship will be held at the famous Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 8.

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.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , David Besnard , Ronnie Bremer , Bryan Sellers , Josh Hunt , Kevin Kalkhoven