Southland’s Brendon Leitch has scored his maiden round win in the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda, at the final mid-season round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Three podiums from three races has given Leitch the break-through result in his North American campaign.
“It was a really good result for the team in the first race,” commented Leitch. “We made a brave move to go out on slicks (on a wet track) and as the race progressed pushed through the field setting fastest lap of the race and came away with the win. Unfortunately on the second last corner the car leading the race came off and I was able to capitalise on that!”
“We had a really good race (race2) from pole. Made a mistake in the first turn and spun and dropped back to 11th. Was able to make my way through to fourth before a safety car. Eventually made it through to third after some more safety cars, setting the third fastest time so tomorrow we will start from third. It’s great to have another podium for the boys.”
The second race of the round was won by Skylar Robinson with Kyle Kirkwood second.
In a tight battle with Leitch Kirkwood pulled away on the final lap of the third race to take the checkered flag. The win marked the seventh victory for Kirkwood this season.
Leitch visited the podium for the third time this weekend, placing second in Race 3, and Justin Sirgany of Kingston, Jamaica, captured his first podium to complete the top-three.
Kirkwood started on pole next to Robinson. Leitch, who was third on the grid, was quick on the start to challenge Robinson on the inside of Turn 1. The Kiwi Motorsport pilot successfully cleared the No. 2 Momentum Motorsports car of Robinson to take P2, a position he was able to hold to the end.
“A fantastic result which has jumped us up in the points to fifth I think,” said Leitch. “And great to get a round win as well.”
The F4 U.S. drivers return to action in two weeks at Virginia International Raceway Aug. 25-27 with the largest expected field of the season.