Formula Tour 1600 – Hindman wins at Canadian Grand Prix
With no practice to familiarize himself with the track prior to Qualifying on Friday afternoon, Hindman qualified his BGR car eighth with a 1:53.8, a full three seconds off the pole winning time of 1:50.5, set by Nathan Blok.
“The whole weekend was a bit surreal”, said Hindman. “My first look at the track was at the start of the qualifying session and almost as soon as the session started it was stopped because someone walled their car on the out lap. Once the session restarted I spent the time learning the track and trying to go a little quicker each lap. Eighth was a good result considering most of the drivers in the field had previous experience on this track.”
At the start, Hindman dropped back a couple positions as he continued to learn the track as well as his competitors and the style of racing in Formula Ford 1600. Staying out of trouble during the race, Hindman passed a couple cars and took advantage of other drivers’ mistakes to come home with a sixth place finish in his first Formula Tour 1600 start.
“After the shortened qualifying session I decided to treat Race 1 like another practice session. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is unlike any track I’ve raced on before. With the Formula Ford you are at full throttle for much of the lap so any loss of momentum and you lose significant time to the cars in front of you. Even at the chicanes you couldn’t give anything up at entry to get a better run on exit; you had to treat each chicane as one long, flowing complex.”
Sunday morning dawned significantly cooler than the preceding days and the drivers were faced with a damp track for the first time during the weekend. With more track time under his belt, Hindman went from learning to racing for Race 2.
“The race on Saturday was the key to winning the race on Sunday. By staying out of trouble I was able to start up front. I also learned the best places for overtaking and where I could gain an advantage on my competitors.”
Hindman charged forward in the 11 lap race, taking the lead midway through and stretching out his advantage to a 10.049 sec. margin of victory over Nathan Blok for his first win in Formula Ford and his first in Canada; something not lost on the young American.
“As one of only three Americans in the field this weekend I was really proud to go up to Canada and win one for the United States. Now all I have to do is get home and take my high school finals.”
Trent Hindman heads back north of the border in two weeks to make his debut in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship with Brian Graham Racing at Mosport on June 25-26. Learn more about the Ontario Formula Ford Championship at www.offcseries.com. Hindman returns to the Skip Barber cockpit July 1-3 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2011 season. Follow the action almost live at www.twitter.com/altemus_prime or www.twitter.com/SkipBarberNatl, or follow the action live on your iPhone with Race Monitor, available at the iPhone App Store.