It was a full weekend of racing for Leyton Fourie as he tackled both the fourth round of the Junior Max Northern Regions Championship as well as the Africa Open at Zwartkops Raceway.
Saturday’s regional started well, with Leyton feeling confident with his pace. He qualified his Bidvest Compendium Insurance Brokers kart in 5th place, which was just 3 hundredths of a second behind fourth and 1 tenth of a second slower than the pole time.
He drove a comfortable first race to maintain his 5th position. Leyton took 4th in the second race and third in the final heat of the day. His efforts were enough to secure third overall for the day.
“The team and I worked on setup the whole day and we went faster and faster in each heat.”
With the “practice day” done and dusted, it was time to get down to business in the Africa Open.
Leyton made his intentions clear by qualifying third. He had a great drive in pre-final one, finishing in second place. Unfortunately, the format of this event means that results in the pre-finals don’t really count for much. It is all or nothing in the final.
Leyton started well in pre-final two and was up to third place. He made a challenge for second, but it resulted in a touch which sent Leyton off the track and out of the race with one lap to go. The incident unfortunately left Leyton with a very tender shoulder.
Fortunately, the grid for the final was based on points cumulated from Pre-final 1 and 2. Leyton lined up in 8th, determined to do his best. He drove his heart out running in 3rd for most of the race but finished in a credible 4th place.
“The regional went well and I am grateful to RKT for doing a fantastic job and sorting out the handling issues I experienced during the practice sessions. I had a great opening race in the Africa open, it was important in pre-final 1 to have a solid finish and I was content to sit behind my team mate all race. I really hurt my shoulder in the pre-final 2 incident which made the 20 lap Final very difficult. I just couldn’t hang on to 3rd but still managed to create a comfortable gap to 5th. Myself and the team made great progress this weekend and they were outstanding. I would like to congratulate Joey on his win and I wish him all the best for Brazil.” confirmed an upbeat Leyton.