Leyton Fourie showed tremendous pace at the opening round of the 2020 Northern Regions Rok Cup, but was again faced with that all too familiar feeling of not being in control of his own results.
Race day, 22 February, started on a high note, after Leyton put his RKT prepped Kosmic kart on to the front row of the grid. He took an early race lead, but lost the position on the final lap. Leyton had a comfortable lead but unfortunately backmarkers ahead of him ran off track. Leyton ran over the dirt, lost the lead and was forced to settle for 2nd place.
Undeterred, Leyton, lined up for race two. He had a good start, holding his 2nd place through turn one. Unfortunately, he lost it a few corners later. At this early stage of the race, however, he was still feeling confident about regaining it. Leyton drove patiently and didn’t hesitate when his opportunity arose. Leyton made the pass in to turn one, only to have the other kart touch wheels with his in the straight, causing both karts to crash off the circuit. The unfortunate race incident saw both karts retire.
Leyton had a fantastic start to the final heat, making up five place on the first lap. He continued to challenge for position until he found himself crossing the finish line in second place. All his efforts resulted in naught, however, as he was slapped with a nose cone penalty. The nose cone was damaged at the start of the race, when a competitor unexpectedly slowed down across the start line. This relegated him down to 8th in the results.
The race results placed Leyton 5th overall for the day.
“We had really good pace all day and I was feeling confident of a good set of results. There was really no one on track faster than us this weekend but sometimes that isn’t enough. Sadly, it just didn’t go our way and my team and I leave Zwartkops feeling rather frustrated,” commented Leyton.
Leyton is proudly sponsored by: Bidvest Compendium Insurance Brokers, Express Hire, Remote Hygiene and National Pride Trading.
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