Kiwi driver Brendon Leitch produces 'unbelievable weekend' in the US Formula 4 Championship round in Ohio

Southland's Brendon Leitch competing in the Formula 4 Series in Ohio, United States.
Michael Burchak

Southland's Brendon Leitch competing in the Formula 4 Series in Ohio, United States.

Southland driver Brendon Leitch has thrust his name in front of everyone in the United States motorsport scene with a stunning performance in Ohio during the weekend.

Leitch is taking part in his first campaign in the United States, taking part in the US Formula 4 Championship as part of the Kiwi Motorsport team.

In the fourth round of the series at the weekend, he produced a remarkable showing to firstly win his first race competing overseas and then to go on to win the overall round in Ohio.

Kiwi driver Brendon Leitch is competing in United States Formula 4 Championships.
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Kiwi driver Brendon Leitch is competing in United States Formula 4 Championships.

"It's been an unbelievable weekend," he said reflecting on what he had achieved.

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He started 8th on the grid in the first race on Saturday morning [NZ time] and thought his chances in Ohio had been dashed when he was taken out and pushed back to 19th in the field.

Bit by bit he climbed his way back up the field during the 30-minute race and with two laps to go he found himself in fifth place.

When he got to second place heavy rain started to fall making for tricky conditions.

The leader lost control while Leitch was able to keep his calm to hit the lead and claim the race win.

"It was the boy from Invercargill winning in the wet," he joked about his many hours racing at Teretonga Park in the rain.

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"When I got taken out and was back at 19th I thought my weekend was probably over. I guess it is the old story, you should never give up."

The race meant Leitch joined a select group of New Zealanders to win a race at Ohio, which includes Scott Dixon.

Leitch also managed to find some bad luck in the second race of the weekend.

He started on pole but ended up doing a 360-degree spin in his car and was pushed back to 11th spot.

But again Leitch was able to weave his way through the field and ended up with a third place finish.

In the third and final race of the weekend, the Southlander started at third on the grid and finished second to ensure he picked up the overall round win.

Leitch started the weekend in 16th place in the standings and now is fifth with three rounds still remaining.

The goal for Leitch is to build contacts in the United States with hope future opportunities may open up.

 

 - Stuff

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