Starting off the year in victory lane, there was no slowing Jordan Hanna down all year-long en route to being crowned the 2017 OSCAAR Pro Midget Champion.
“We started very strong this year, and it was an amazing season,” he said. “It became more of a challenge to keep that first place in points especially near the end of the season.”
Kicking off the year at Peterborough Speedway, Hanna led flag-to-flag in his qualifer, before pacing the entire feature en route to his second career victory. He carried the momentum to Flamboro Speedway, sweeping the heats, before taking the lead on Lap 12 of the feature from Daniel Hawn and never looking back.
Making the trip to the beach, Hanna did not slow down, once again winning both of his qualifiers before out-dueling the field to victory in the feature. Returning to Flamboro, it was same story, another week, as he won his heat, before taking the lead on Lap 9 of the feature from J.R. Fitzpatrick and never looking back.
The mid-summer return to Peterborough saw the OSCAAR Pro Midgets run a pair of features. Hanna went through his usual range of motions in the first event, picking up his fifth consecutive win. However, his streak came to a close in the second, with a runner-up to Daniel Hawn. The success was enough, though, to lock Hanna in for the pole for the Autumn Colours Classic in October.
The driver of the No. 55 Wells Foundry Pro Midget did not let the single loss slow him down, as he was right back at the front a couple weeks later at Grand Bend Speedway. Starting inside the top-five for the feature, he wasted no time getting the lead, cruising to victory. The second event saw an invert of the field, but that proved to be no challenge for Hanna, as he once again made his way through for the win.
Returning to Sauble, he took the top spot on Lap 12 and managed to hold off Hawn just barely to score the win.
“The absolute most memorable moment was at Sauble when (Daniel) Hawn and I were battling for the win and crossed the checker side by side for the win within inches,” he recalled.
It seemed the return trip to Flamboro would produce another victory, but that wasn’t the case. Starting second, he took the early advantage and began to extend his lead easily, catching up to the back of the field. Though just as he was set to beginning lapping cars, a wheel would come off, sending him around and up into the turn two wall. Hanna was uninjured, but unable to continue with the damage. He then followed it up with a 10th in the second feature on the night.
Hanna was able to get his season right back on-track, running up front in the series’ next event at Grand Bend Speedway en route to a runner-up finish. He got redemption on Flamboro, too, scoring a head win and leading six laps en route to another second-place finish.
Starting on pole for the season finale at Peterborough, he came up short on the victory with a runner-up, but it’d be enough to clinch the championship.
On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Jordan Hanna on a successful season. We hope to see you back behind the wheel once again in the near future.
By: Ashley McCubbin