17 year-old Canadian turns fast times at Shannonville Motorsports Park TORONTO, ON. -- (April 20, 2004) James Hinchcliffe completed his first test in his Formula BMW ride this past weekend at Shannonville Motorsports Park. Located near ...
17 year-old Canadian turns fast times at Shannonville Motorsports Park
TORONTO, ON. -- (April 20, 2004) James Hinchcliffe completed his first test in his Formula BMW ride this past weekend at Shannonville Motorsports Park. Located near Bellville, Ontario the 17-year old turned some fast test runs under dry conditions on the legendary Canadian circuit.
After signing with the AIM Autosport race team on April 2, Hinchcliffe and his race team received delivery of their FB2 car the following week. After some preparation work, pedal and steering adjustments and the pouring of a proper seat, the plan was made to shake the car down and make minor handling changes to get the feel of the BMW design.
"It was hard driving around at the slow speeds when I knew that car could do much more," stated Hinchcliffe, who was forced to run the necessary 50 mile break-in procedure. The young Canadian was ready to turn some test laps at speed and compare himself to the other BMW drivers who were in attendance.
The team did several runs logging over 165 miles in the first day with short runs and many testing adjustments. "We were doing a lot of changes to the set-up of the car just to gather as much information as we could about how the car reacts. I was really impressed with its set-up capabilities", explained Hinchcliffe. The AIM Autosport team was looking forward to day two where longer and faster runs were in the plans. One session Saturday morning is all Hinchcliffe could get in before the skies opened and the rain began to fall. With the late signing and arrival of the car, rain tires and wheels were not yet ready as the team was forced to stay off the track.
"The car is outright awesome," explained Hinchcliffe. "With other teams here we were able to see how we stack up against the competition. We got enough data to take and analyze before our next test to see where we can improve. The AIM Autosport squad is so professional in the way they approach motorsports and I can't wait to get the season started."
The twelfth grade Oakville Trafalgar Secondary School student will look to continue the success garnered by last year's Fran-Am Championship winning team. Due to logistic reasons, the AIM Autosport group will be forced to miss the Putnum Park test. Two more tests planned at Shannonville and Mosport will take place as Hinchcliffe will look to become even more comfortable with his ride in the hunt for the first ever Formula BMW USA Championship.
The young Canadian is looking forward to the upcoming season. Hinchcliffe will compete in the entire Formula BMW USA championship, selected Formula Ford 1600 races and karting events throughout North America in 2004. Stars of Karting and SKUSA events are on the schedule for Hinchcliffe as he will continue to train and hone his skills in the shifterkart ranks.