Young American BMW Motorsport Junior Driver Ready For Next Challenge
August 26, 2015 --- A visit to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as guest of BMW of North America sandwiched by a third-place finish at Road America and a fourth at VIRginia International Raceway has made for three busy weekends in a row for BMW Motorsport Junior Trent Hindman, but it's not over yet. The 19-year old, from Wayside, NJ, is now in Belgium ready for this weekend's 24 hour race at Circuit Zolder, in Belgium, where he will co-drive a BMW Racing Cup M235i with fellow Junior drivers, as well as chief instructor Dirk Adorf. The race at Zolder will be the first of two races for Hindman this fall. The second will be a 12 hour race in October at Brno, in the Czech Republic.
"March was the last time I drove the M235i and I'm excited to get back behind the wheel," stated Hindman. "I've had strong finishes in the last two Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races so I feel I'm prepared for Zolder. It's been three years since I've raced in Europe and I've been wearing a smile all week in anticipation."
Road America saw Hindman and co-driver Ashley Freiberg back on the Grand Sport class podium with a third place finish in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 after two disappointing races in which Trent did not get a chance to drive. Hindman had a second consecutive podium within reach at VIR until an additional late fuel stop became necessary due to a miscue in an earlier stop. He made a strong recovery to finish fourth.
"Except for that small issue I believe we'd have finished on the podium. We could take the fight to everyone. Going forward to COTA and Road Atlanta I know we'll continue to show strength."
The weekend in between Road America and VIR saw Trent make his first visit to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. As a guest of BMW of North America, he was immersed in the history of the brand, spending time with drivers such as Brian Redman and becoming familiar with some of the great BMW racing cars of seasons past such as the 3.0 CSL and M1.
"Having the chance to see the history of BMW racing in the States, get to know Bill Auberlen and meet a driver like Brian Redman was very special. Everything I was able to do and see that weekend made me feel even more like part of the BMW family."
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.