Round 4 in the Maserati Trofeo World Series will feature Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 F1 World Champion, James Hunt. The dashing racer moved back into the spotlight courtesy of Ron Howard’s movie Rush, which recounted his rivalry with Nicki Lauda. Hunt junior will be on the track outside Danville, Virginia, USA, on the weekend on 21-22 August.
Freddie, born in 1987, has appeared in the English Formula Ford series, the ADAC Formel Masters, ADAC Cruze Cup and MRF Challenge, as well as being an ambassador for Formula E. At VIR, the English driver will be driving a black car decked out in special Autoweek livery. This was the car which, last time out at Road America, took the chequered flag. Behind the wheel of the No.28 was another driver with a famous father: Derek Hill whose father, Phil, claimed the 1961 F1 crown.
Freddie Hunt will not be awarded any championship points but will still be going for the win. At Virginia International Raceway he will be up against a tough field of Maserati single-make drivers spearheaded by titlechasers Frenchman Romain Monti and Italian Riccardo Ragazzi. Also hoping for a podium finish will be the drivers competing in the Maserati North America, a mini-series that includes the two US stages of the Trofeo Maserati and a third round, on 13 September, at Laguna Seca. This race will be part of the Pirelli World Challenge series, in the GTS class, and will see the Maserati GranTurismo MC taking on other makes of car.
The last time the Maserati Trofeo was held in Virginia, a year ago, Michael Bartels pocketed two wins and Mauro Calamia the other. This time the event has added gloss in the form of Hunt, the son of a world champion.