Lessons Learned at 24 Hours of Zolder; COTA Up Next for BMW Motorsport Junior Hindman

Sept. 1, 2015 — The 24 Hours of Zolder proved a valuable experience for BMW Motorsport Junior Trent Hindman. The 19-year-old American co-drove the No. 246 BMW M235i Racing with fellow Juniors Victor Bouveng and Louis Delétraz and head instructor Dirk Adorf, finishing 15th overall and ninth in the BMW M235i Racing Cup class.
“Overall, the experience of doing the Zolder 24 Hour as a member of the BMW Motorsport Junior Program was incredible”, said Hindman, who drove the final stint of the race. “The amount of information I learned was truly unbelievable and I cannot thank Nico, Dirk, Sebastian, and everyone from BMW Motorsport enough for the opportunity. The Walkenhorst crew was on point for the entire race. I know we worked them hard with some of the technical issues we had, but they never stopped and never gave up, which was a huge inspiration to the drivers. Our race result was not what we were hoping for, but now we know what needs to be done to win the 12 Hours of Brno in October. It was really an honor to be racing with such a great team and co-drivers, all while representing the BMW brand.”
In the first third of the race, the team lost time in the garage due to an electrical fault and seriously worn brakes. After that, the No. 246 BMW M235i Racing ran without any problems. The Juniors completed flawless stints and clocked consistent lap times as they made up many places.
Far more important than the final result was the valuable experience that the BMW Motorsport Juniors gained at the iconic circuit in Flanders. As well as the unique challenges of a 24-hour race, the youngsters also experienced how to look after the car when driving it twice round the clock, how to act as a team, and how to share a car. The four-kilometre circuit in Zolder does not have a long straight and demands maximum concentration from the drivers. Given the traffic encountered during a 24-hour race, with cars of different speeds, this was another important test for the Juniors, and one which they passed with flying colours.
Two days before he turns 20 years old on Sept. 20, Trent will be back behind the wheel of the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsport BMW M3 at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Tex., for the penultimate round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championship. The two-and-one-half-hour race will be streamed live on imsa.com beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET. Trent and co-driver Ashley Freiberg currently stand eighth in Grand Sport class driver points.
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Trent is the youngest champion in CTSCC history (Grand Sport, 2014).
Trent is the youngest pole winner in CTSCC history (Lime Rock Park, 2013).
Trent finished 11th in the 2014 BMW Sports Trophy standings. The BMW Sports Trophy encompasses all those privateer racers representing BMW in a diverse range of series and at famous racing events around the world.
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