Leyton Fourie couldn’t have selected a more difficult class to be promoted to; the Junior Max category is clearly the stomping ground of experience and race-craft and a big step-up from Mini Max, where he easily won the National Championship last year.
Having set the pace in practice, Leyton put his 5th place qualifying position down to running on his own. “Based on the advantage we had in practice we believed we could set a pole time on our own but we underestimated how important slip would be”.
Race 1 saw an early charge from Leyton, leading the race in the early stages. Unfortunately an error and some tough racing dropped him to 7th. He fought back ending a credible 5th.
An engine change resulted in a drop in performance for Leyton in race 2 as the anticipated change was nowhere near as good as the team would have liked. He struggled gamely to a well-earned 6th place.
Leyton went back to his original engine for race 3 and was quickly on the pace of the front-runners, mixing it with the older and more experienced racers. Although a great drive saw him take 2nd on track, an amazing achievement, he was dropped to 3rd after a nose cone penalty was implemented.
He ended the day third overall. Throughout the day Leyton proved that he has the consistent race pace to keep the much bigger and more powerful kart at the sharp end of the field.
“It was a challenging weekend, but my team did an amazing job, we win together and we lose together. I may not have won this past weekend but as a team we won. Well done to Aqil, he deserved his win. Thank you to everyone at RKT, to Ricky Perdigo and of course to my family for their support” concluded Leyton