Hunt aiming for next challenge. 22 April, 2003 - After capturing his fifth Australian Karting Championship last weekend Sydney driver, Troy Hunt is now looking forward to the next challenge in his motorsport career, the Mitsubishi ...
Hunt aiming for next challenge.
22 April, 2003 - After capturing his fifth Australian Karting Championship last weekend Sydney driver, Troy Hunt is now looking forward to the next challenge in his motorsport career, the Mitsubishi Mirage Cup.
With the 2003 Mirage Cup set to fire into action this weekend at Tasmania's Symmons Plains circuit Hunt enters the event at the ultimate of highs.
"It was great to get the karting Championship under my belt as hopefully it will be my last attempt as I am now focused on making the transition into the tough Mirage Cup Series and beyond," said 22 year-old Hunt.
The highlight of Hunt's illustrious karting career was in 2000 when he competed for the European Top Kart team in the World Super A Karting Championships.
In this event he finished in eighth position, the highest ever finish of an Australian in the Super A Championship.
The European karting scene is where many of today's Formula One stars learned the ropes including Jarno Trulli, Jensen Button and current World Champion Michael Schumacher.
Hunt mixed it with the best overseas and over the past 2 years have developed himself to now be in the right position to take the next step in his career.
Hunt understands the steep learning curve that is ahead of him aboard the Eastern Creek Karts supported Mirage but also believes he is capable of accepting the challenge.
"I have had two races in the car late last year where I won a race in my first event at Phillip Island which was great and then I competed in a 2-hour event at Bathurst which was a great learning experience," commented Hunt.
"When driving the Mirage I try and think of it as just a big go-kart as they are very fast and nimble machines."
While his main focus this year will be to attempt to take out the victory in the Mitsubishi Mirage Cup in the Eastern Creek Karts Mirage Hunt will also be focusing on the 2-hour showroom showdown at Bathurst and also securing a drive in the second running of the Bathurst 24-hour event.
"After getting a taste of the mountain last year I want to go back for more, the Mitsubishi Mirage was a lot of fun around there," Hunt smiled.
"This year I would love to compete in the 24-hour race in another Mitsubishi, maybe even an EVO VII that has a lot more grunt but handles just as good."
Symmons Plains Raceway is located right next to the Midlands Highway about 34 km south of Launceston, Tasmania.
Timetable of events for the Eastern Creek Karts Mirage in the opening round of the Mitsubishi Mirage Cup:
<pre> Friday April 25 11:10 - 11:40 Mirage Cup Practice 1 14:00 - 14:15 Mirage Cup Practice 2
Saturday April 26 9:00 - 9:20 Mirage Cup Qualifying 1 14:05 Mirage Cup Race 1 - 15 Laps
Sunday April 27 9:00 Mirage Cup Race 2 - 12 Laps 13:45 Mirage Cup Race 3 - 12 Laps