The third round of the 2018 MSA Academy Championship was a bit of a rude awakening for Leyton Fourie, who was bumped off track in two of the three races at Zwartkops this past weekend.
The weekend started out quite promising for Leyton, with the SA Champ setting the fastest lap time during Saturday morning’s practice session. Qualifying didn’t go as planned due to a problem with the Bridgestone Tyres not warming up which left Leyton starting the first heat from 7th place.
Following some set-up changes by Roos Kart Team, Leyton took to the track for heat one determined to make up some ground. Leyton had a great start and was with the front pack in no time when he was pushed off the circuit and into the tyres. Leyton lost a tremendous amount of time, but managed to recover to 7th place.
Unfortunately for Leyton, race two held much of the same as he once again found himself off track on the first lap whilst passing another competitor for the lead. Leyton was forced to nurse his kart home in 9th position.
Leyton had a better third race, with his entire race strategy just to stay out of the war path. He was in a credible 5th place when Karma stepped in. Competitors at the front of the pack tangled, allowing Leyton to move up to third position.
All in all it was a tough day’s racing, but it is often how you act in the face of adversity that demonstrates true character. Leyton can hold his head high, knowing that the cream will always rise to the top.
“I was very fast all weekend and did everything necessary to have a good finish. What happened in Heat 1 and 2 is in the past now but the way I race for the rest of 2018 will be very different. I now have nothing to lose,” commented Leyton.