Harry Hunt

Harry Hunt (born 3 September 1988[1]) is a British endurance and rally driver, and son of billionaire Jon Hunt. In 2016 he became the youngest British driver to take part in the Dakar Rally, finishing in 10th place out of 110 cars. He has participated in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), winning the IRC 2WD class championship in 2010 and 2012. Also (Theorized to be) online sensation Tax the rich.

Harry Hunt
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Harry after finishing the 2016 Dakar
NationalityBritish
Born (1988-09-03) September 3, 1988 (age 31)
London
Dakar Series career
Debut season2007
Current teamMini
Co-driverAndy Schulz, Xavier Pansieri
Starts54
Championships2 (2010 and 2012)
Championship titles
2010, 2012Intercontinental Rally Challenge - 2WD Champion
Awards
2010Rookie of the Year

Early careerEdit

Hunt was first exposed to motorsports when his parents bought him a 50cc motorbike at the age of five, but because his feet could not reach the ground, he used a quad bike instead.[2] He progressed to racing motocross bikes on the beach at Weston-super-Mare, which in turn led to "the natural progression to cars, driving off-road, then rally driving."[3][4]

Rally careerEdit

In 2007, aged 19, Hunt bought a pre-owned two-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta ST rally car and began to compete in junior and national competitions.[2]

2009-2010Edit

In 2009 Hunt took part in the Malcolm Wilson Rally, as well as his first international rally, the Rallye San Remo in Italy. In 2010 Hunt won the JWRC Rookie Cup and won 1st place in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge two wheel drive (IRC 2WD) Championship.[5]

2011–2012Edit

Hunt won the 2011 Production Rally Championship in a Citroen DS3 R3T.[2] In 2012 he became the IRC 2WD Champion for a second time, and then won the European Rally Championship in the Citroen, before taking a break from rallying.[6]

2015Edit

In April 2015, Hunt participated in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, finishing third and beating several more experienced drivers, despite completing less than 40 kilometres of testing in the desert beforehand.[7]

In May, Hunt was appointed as the brand Ambassador for MINI in preparation for Dakar 2016. In June, he debuted the Mini ALL4 racing car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.[8]

In July, Hunt placed 13th at the Baja Aragon rally in Spain. The event was round six of the FIA (Federation International De L’automobile) World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and provided similar terrain to his ultimate goal in 2016, the Dakar Rally.[9]

In October, Hunt finished in 7th place at the Rallye Oilibya du Maroc, in Morocco. A total of 84 cars took part, with only two Dakar rookies in the final top 10, both of whom were driving a MINI - one being Hunt and the other Hunt’s team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, winner of 15 world championship rallies. Hunt finished two places behind Hirvonen. During the event Hunt stopped to help fellow cross country rookie Sebastien Loeb, whose car had caught fire. Hunt later said of the incident: "I don’t think he’d actually noticed, but luckily we were able to use the sentinel warning system to let him know that something was wrong."[10]

Dakar RallyEdit

Dakar Rally 2016Edit

At the age of 27, Hunt was the youngest British rally driver to complete the Dakar Rally in 2016, finishing in 10th place at his first attempt, out of a field of 110 cars. He also became the youngest British rally driver to complete the Dakar.[11]

Hunt competed as part of the X Raid Mini ALL4 Racing Team, running against more experienced drivers and finishing one place behind Sebastien Loeb, the most successful WRC driver in history.[12] Hunt said: "We drove at a good pace in all of the stages - not too quick, not too slow - and we managed to steer clear of any major problems...[the car] was amazing and withstood endless difficult terrain and my co-driver, Andy Schulz, was fantastic." (Schulz is the German driver who won the Dakar twice, with Jutta Kleinschmidt in 2001 and Hiroshi Masuoka in 2003).[13]

Hunt calculated that he burnt over 66,000 calories while taking part. The two-week rally is considered to be one of motorsports toughest events, taking place over 10,000 km across sand dunes, salt flats, gravel roads, deep mud and rocks, in temperatures as high as 50 °C and at altitudes of up to 4,750 metres.[14] As part of his race preparation Hunt trained in the Heat Chamber at St Mary's University, Twickenham.[citation needed]

Talking about the psychological impact of the event, Hunt said: "You're completely alone. You get a real sense [of that] when you come over some of the sand dunes and you look out and there's just no one for hundreds of miles. It's an adventure."[3]

Dakar 2017 plansEdit

Hunt now plans to focus on the Dakar Series, including another attempt at the Dakar in 2017. He is due to take part in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and Rallye Oilibya du Maroc again and "potentially in the summer the Silk Way Rally, which is Moscow to Beijing."[15]

After taking part in the Dakar in the Mini All4 Racing team X-Raid, Hunt will be switching to the Peugeot 2008 DKR that took victory in 2016.[16]

Relationship with manufacturersEdit

MiniEdit

Hunt’s Dakar Mini ALL4 X-Raid is based on the Mini Countryman, but with four wheel drive and a 320 brake horsepower, three litre diesel engine delivering 700Nm of torque. Hunt describes it as "the best car to do Dakar in."[17] The car cost £1 million and was built by the X-Raid factory in Germany.[2] X-Raid is owned by the Quandt family, shareholders in Mini parent company BMW.[18][19]

The car’s livery is a Union Flag design.[20] Hunt was filmed driving the car on public roads in London in the build-up to his appearance at Goodwood. Hunt’s road car is also a MINI Countryman.[20]

Dakar Rally resultsEdit

Year Class Vehicle Position Stages won
2016 Cars Mini 10th -

Complete rally resultsEdit

WRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points
2010 Harry Hunt Motorsport Ford Fiesta R2 SWE
43
MEX
-
JOR
-
TUR
18
NZL
-
POR
51
BUL
Ret
FIN
Ret
GER
Ret
JPN
-
FRA
39
ESP
27
GBR
34
- -
2011 Harry Hunt Motorsport Citroën DS3 R3T SWE
-
MEX
-
POR
35
JOR
-
ITA
19
ARG
21
GRE
-
FIN
Ret
GER
Ret
AUS
20
FRA
-
ESP
Ret
GBR
24
- -
2015 Harry Hunt Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 MON
-
SWE
-
MEX
-
ARG
-
POR
-
ITA
19
POL
-
FIN
-
GER
-
AUS
-
FRA
-
ESP
-
GBR
-
- -

IRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Points
2010 Harry Hunt Motorsport Ford Fiesta R2 MON
34
CUR
-
ARG
-
CAN
-
SAR
12
YPR
Ret
AZO
-
MAD
-
ZLI
49
SAN
48
SCO
9
CYP
19
48th 1
2011 Harry Hunt Motorsport Citroën DS3 R3T MON
43
CAN
29
COR
20
YAL
-
YPR
Ret
AZO
Ret
ZLI
-
MEC
-
SAN
22
SCO
Ret
CYP
Ret
23rd
2wd Cup
18
2012 Harry Hunt Motorsport
I-Cars Motorsport
YZD 207
Kronos Racing
Citroën DS3 R3T
Peugeot 207 S2000
AZO
Ret
CAN
18
IRL
-
COR
20
ITA
-
YPR
Ret
SMR
-
ROM
8
ZLI
-
YAL
-
SLI
Ret
SAN
14
CYP
10
1st
2wd Cup
-

ERC resultsEdit

Year Car Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ERC Points
2012 Harry Hunt Motorsport Citroën DS3 R3T JÄN
-
MIL
12
CRO
-
BUL
-
YPR
Ret
BOS
-
MAD
-
CZE
-
AST
-
POL
-
VAL
-
- -

PWRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 PWRC Points
2011 Harry Hunt Motorsport Citroën DS3 R3T SWE
-
POR
13
ARG
11
FIN
Ret
AUS
9
ESP
Ret
GBR
7
16th 8

JWRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pos. Points
2010 Harry Hunt Motorsport Ford Fiesta R2 TUR
5
POR
6
BUL
Ret
GER
-
FRA
7
ESP
5
8th 34

Early careerEdit

Germany DRMEdit

EVENT Entrant Car Co-driver Overall position Class position
2009   ADAC Eifel Rallye Harry Hunt Motorsport Ford Fiesta ST Peter Loth 35 22. Germany (DRM)

9. Class DIV3

Ireland TarmacEdit

EVENT Entrant Car Co-driver Overall position
2009 Ulster International Rally Harry Hunt Motorsport Ford Fiesta ST Kris Killip Retired

GB RalliesEdit

EVENT Entrant Car Co-driver Overall position Class position
2009 Isle of Man International Rally Harry Hunt Motorsport Ford Fiesta ST Kris Killip 15th 4. Class R3
2010 Bulldog International Rally of North Wales Harry Hunt Motorsport Ford Fiesta ST Sebastian Marshall Retired -

BTRDA Forest RallyEdit

Event Entrant Car Co-driver Position
2011 Wyedean Forest Rally Harry Hunt Motorsport Ford Fiesta S2000 Robbie Durant OTL
2012 Wyedean Forest Rally Harry Hunt Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Steve McPhee 10th

ReferencesEdit

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