Hunter Abbott

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Hunter Abbott
NationalityBritish
Born (1980-12-04) 4 December 1980 (age 38)
England
VLN career
Debut season2017
Current teamWalkenhorst Motorsport
Car no.35
Former teamsGruppeM Motorsport
Starts15
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Previous series
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

2010-11
2012
2013
2014-15
2016


2017
Radical SR3 Championship
SCSA
British GT Championship (GTC)
SCSA
British GT Championship (GT4)
British GT Championship (GT4) & GT4 European Series
Did not race
Ginetta GT Supercup
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux
British Touring Car Championship
British Touring Car Championship, 24H Series (GT4) & British GT Championship (GT3)
Blancpain GT Series Asia, VLN & Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
Championship titles
2017Blancpain GT Series Asia GT3 Pro-AM Champion

Hunter Abbott is a British business man and amateur racing driver (born in Windsor, 4 December 1980). He is founder, owner and Managing Director of AlcoSense Laboratories[1], which designs and manufactures alcohol breathalysers under the AlcoSense brand name.

In 2019 he is driving in VLN for Walkenhorst Motorsport, driving a BMW M6 GT3.

He was 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia Champion[2].

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

In 2003, Abbott competed in a handful of Radical Enduro championship races driving a Radical Prosport.

For 2004, Abbott raced in the Radical Enduro championship with Martin Donnelly Racing partnering Nigel Redwood. He finished 6th in the championship points.

Oval Racing[edit]

In 2005, Abbott moved into the UK Oval Racing, joining the SCSA racing series in the RyanAir sponsored car run by Torquespeed Racing. SCSA was a UK based championship, similar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which raced on the Rockingham Motor Speedway oval circuit. He had a successful debut season, winning the Rookie Championship.

Abbott didn't compete in the 2006 season, instead competing in British GT.

24 Hour Racing[edit]

Abbott competed in the 2016 Dubai 24 Hour, finishing 2nd in the SP3 class (GT4) as part of a Pro-Am line up with Colin White and Matt Nicoll-Jones[3] driving a Ginetta G55 GT4.

GT racing[edit]

Abbott driving for Rob Austin Racing at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the 2009 British GT season.

2006 saw a move into GT racing for Abbott. He entered the 2006 British GT season, driving in the GTC class with a Porsche 996 GT3 racing for RPM Motorsport. After the Snetterton round of the championship Hunter left RPM and joined Paul Mace's Specialist Direct team also driving a Porsche 996 GT3.

After a brief hiatus in 2007, when he returned to Oval racing, he once again joined the British GT grid, beginning a long racing partnership with Rob Austin Racing. Partnering Rob Austin in the teams Ginetta G50, the pair managed to finish second in the GT4 class of the 2008 season, taking three class wins. At the Oulton Park round of the championship, Abbott had a spectacular 100mph crash in his Ginetta, flipping several time before coming to rest on its roof where it burst into flames. Abbott was trapped in the car for 18 seconds while on fire.[4] The driver's door was jammed shut and he escaped from the car by crawling through the roll cage and out of the passenger side of the car.[5] Quick thinking by Abbott and efficient work by the race marshals meant that he escaped with only minor burns and injuries.[6] After 2 weeks Abbott returned to the series for the following round at Knockhill.

The partnership with Rob Austin Racing continued into 2009. Abbott contested the first half of the 2009 season, with new partner Gary Simms before stopping before the Knockhill event. However, Abbott, with Rob Austin Racing and driver partner Henry Fletcher contested a full season in the GT4 European Series. Abbott and Fletcher finish sixth in the 2009 championship.

For 2017 Abbott returned to GT racing in three series. He won the Pro-AM GT3 title in the Blancpain GT Series Asia driving for GruppeM Racing in a Mercedes-AMG GT GT3. He also raced in selected VLN races in a BMW 235 Cup Car for Walkenhorst Motorsport.

In 2018 Abbott joined Walkenhorst Motorsport driving a BMW M6 GT3 in VLN, partnered with Jonathan Hirschi, Christian Krognes and Jordan Tressonn, finishing 24th in the championship.

In 2019 Abbott is racing again for Walkenhorst Motorsport driving the sister BMW M6 GT3 in VLN, partnered with a range of drivers including Henry Walkenhorst, Andreas Ziegler, Rudi Adams and Jordan Tresson

One-Make Racing[edit]

Abbott entered the 2012 Ginetta GT Supercup, driving a Ginetta G55 for Century Motorsport. Abbott finished sixth overall.

For 2013, he moved back into Europe, entering the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux, driving a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Gen 2. He finished the season 2nd in the Am standings.

Touring Car Racing[edit]

Abbott announced that he was making the switch to touring car racing, entering the British Touring Car Championship with his previous GT team Rob Austin Racing. He entered the 2014 British Touring Car Championship season with Rob Austin Racing, driving a NGTC Audi A4.[7] Abbott scored points on his debut, securing a single point by finishing 15th during race 3 at Brands Hatch.

In 2015, Abbott stayed with Rob Austin Racing[8] in the British Touring Car Championship under the Exocet Racing banner with title sponsorship from Exocet Fuel Additives. Abbott finished the year 21st in the Drivers Championship.

For 2016, Abbott switched to the front wheel drive Chevrolet Cruze of Power Maxed Racing in the British Touring Car Championship. Abbott's best result was 10th at Silverstone, Abbott finished 19th overall in the championship standings.

Famous crashes[edit]

On Saturday 22 March 2008, Abbott had a spectacular 100+mph crash in the Rob Austin Racing Ginetta G50 in the opening round of the 2008 British GT Championship at Oulton Park. After being tagged by Peter Snowdon's Aston Martin Abbott struck the barriers on the outside of the circuit between Old Hall and Cascades corners at unabated speed. The car flipped several times end over end, clearing the safety barriers, before coming to rest upside down where it burst into flames. The fire was caused by the roof skin being ripped off in the force of the accident, in the process this also ripped off the fuel filler pipes from the fuel tank. As it was near the beginning of the race the fuel tank was near full, when the car came to rest upside down the fuel load leaked quickly into the car.

Abbott was trapped in the car for 18 seconds while on fire.[4] The driver's door was jammed shut and he escaped from the car by crawling through the roll cage and out of the passenger side of the car.[5] Quick thinking by Abbott and efficient work by the race marshals meant that he escaped with only minor burns and injuries.[6] After 2 weeks, Abbott returned to the series and took a double victory at Knockhill.

There was significant mainstream media coverage of the crash through newspapers and magazines and can be viewed on YouTube.

On Sunday 31 July 2016, Abbott was involved in a crash while racing for Power Maxed Racing in the Snetterton round of the British Touring Car Championship. A multi-car start-line crash occurred, triggered by contact between Team BKR-run Volkswagen CC driven by Mark Howard and Team Parker Racing Ford Focus of Alex Martin. Abbott was clipped by Mark Howard's spinning car and rolled several times, knocking over a TV tower and coming to rest on top of the barriers. Abbott suffered concussion and no one else was injured. Mark Howard and Alex Martin were penalised for causing the multi-car crash.[9]

Racing record[edit]

Complete British GT Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap in class)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2006 RPM Porsche 911 GT3 GTC OUL
1

12
OUL
2

Ret
DON
1

15
PAU
1

7
PAU
2

7
MON
1

Ret
MON
2

Ret
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

12
ROC
1
ROC
2
13th 30
Specialist Direct BRH
1

16
BRH
2

7
SIL
1

18
MAG
1
MAG
2
2008 Rob Austin Racing Ginetta G50 GT4 OUL
1

DNS
OUL
2

DNS
KNO
1

9
KNO
2

Ret
ROC
1

14
ROC
2

10
SNE
1

16
SNE
2

15
THR
1

14
THR
2

DSQ
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

11
SIL
1

7
DON
1

11
2nd 80
2009 Rob Austin Racing Ginetta G50 GT4 OUL
1

DSQ
OUL
2

11
SPA
1

9
SPA
2

10
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

10
KNO
1
KNO
2
4th 28
Stark Racing SNE
1

7
SNE
2

11
DON
1
SIL
1
BRH
1
BRH
2
2016 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 GT3 BRH
1
ROC
1
OUL
1
OUL
2
SIL
1
SPA
1

5
SNE
1
SNE
2
DON
1
17th 15

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2014 AlcoSense Breathalysers Racing Audi A4 BRH
1

18
BRH
2

18
BRH
3

15
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

24
THR
1

24
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

16
OUL
1

24
OUL
2

16
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

10
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

11
SNE
1

20
SNE
2

24
SNE
3

20
KNO
1

25
KNO
2

16
KNO
3

16
ROC
1

14
ROC
2

10
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

23
SIL
3

23
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

DNS
BRH
3

NC
20th 20
2015 Exocet AlcoSense Racing Audi A4 BRH
1

18
BRH
2

11
BRH
3

10
DON
1

19
DON
2

17
DON
3

14
THR
1

16
THR
2

14
THR
3

21
OUL
1

18
OUL
2

23
OUL
3

16
CRO
1

16
CRO
2

12
CRO
3

16
SNE
1

18
SNE
2

12
SNE
3

17
KNO
1

DNS
KNO
2

DNS
KNO
3

DNS
ROC
1

23
ROC
2

23
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1

24
SIL
2

26
SIL
3

Ret
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

21
BRH
3

17
21st 23
2016 Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

15
BRH
3

13
DON
1

15
DON
2

14
DON
3

12
THR
1

15
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

Ret
OUL
1

11
OUL
2

11
OUL
3

19
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

19
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

15
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

20
KNO
2

22
KNO
3

Ret
ROC
1

26
ROC
2

NC
ROC
3

14
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

10
SIL
3

13
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

17
BRH
3

Ret
19th 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/03697761/officers
  2. ^ "Abbott Wins Blancpain GT Series Asia; OD Racing Sweeps Weekend – Sportscar365". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Hunter Abbott 'over the moon' to finish second in 24-hour debut".
  4. ^ a b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnxTVYdS-K0
  5. ^ a b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqSjRJ1sTrg
  6. ^ a b https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1582534/Racer-Hunter-Abbott-survives-100mph-crash.html
  7. ^ "Hunter Abbott joins Rob Austin Racing for 2014 BTCC season". British Touring Car Championship. TOCA. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  8. ^ Mason, Dan. "Hunter Abbott stays at Rob Austin Racing for 2015". theCheckeredflag.co.uk. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Drivers penalised for Snetterton camera gantry crash". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 25 June 2017.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural
Blancpain GT Series Asia
Champion

2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent