Freddie Hunt Denied Maserati Trofeo Win by Transmission Fault

by Jake Kilshaw

Freddie Hunt recently competed in round 4 of the Maserati Trofeo World Series at Virginia International Raceway, and the son of the 1976 F1 world champion set blistering pace all weekend.

Hunt recorded a 1:56.645 lap time, in the first free practice session, requiring very little time to learn not only the circuit itself but also his car. In the following session, he just missed out on the top spot by 0.038 seconds to Riccardo Ragazzi.

Pre-qualifying was even more successful for the Brit, who improved his pace by 1.3 seconds, allowing him to progress to SuperPole. He led the top ten in this battle, and bagged pole position for the first race.

In race 1, he took a strong lead but missed out on a sure victory when struck by  a transmission issue. He continued and finished the race in seventh position, despite only being able to use fourth gear.

The second race saw him push a little too hard, and a drive-through penalty he was awarded for contact with Adrien de Leener pushed him down to 11th by the chequered flag.

Hunt’s car for the weekend was the #28 Autoweek-sponsored Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo, which had previously been raced by Derek Hill – son of 1961 F1 champion Phil – at Road America.

“It was an interesting weekend,” commented Freddie. “I had the chance to drive in a competitive series in a splendid car. I also appreciated the atmosphere. I am really grateful to Maserati for allowing me this opportunity to take part”.

Freddie Hunt Maserati Trofeo Virginia 2015

Credit: Maserati / GrimFoto

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