Hurst joins Hillspeed for British F3
Reigning Toyo Tires F1600 Champion Ben Hurst will make his debut in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with team Hillspeed. The Canadian driver has raced Formula Ford in his native country for the past three years with additional outings in the USA and also in the legendary Formula Ford Festival in 2017 at Brands Hatch where he raced after being selected for the Team Canada Scholarship.
The 20-year-old now graduates into ultra-competitive British F3 with Hathersage squad for his first full motor racing campaign outside of North America and the Canadian is relishing the prospect.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started with Hillspeed”, said Hurst, who is presently based in Manchester in the UK, “It was the right time to make the step up into a faster car and I have found the right series and team to make that step with. It’s an absolute privilege to be racing in the UK against such high competition and I’m very excited for the new challenge.”
Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw has been impressed by Hurst’s speed in testing recently, at the wheel of the Tatuus-Cosworth F3 car that he will race in 2018, and has high hopes for the Canadian when the season commences on Easter weekend. “Ben is a very talented young driver and we were delighted when we were approached for him to test the F3 car”, said Ollerenshaw, “I’m very pleased to say a race deal quickly followed and we’re now very much looking forward to seeing how he gets on during his rookie F3 season next year. There’s a lot for Ben to learn, the F3 car is obviously a step forward from Formula Ford, but the pace and application he’s shown up to now leave us without any doubt he will be a strong competitor and a driver who will definitely make good progress in his first season of F3.”