Wednesday, May 15 03:49pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Plenty of positives for Brendon Leitch despite dramas

BlackArts Racing driver Brendon Leitch might’ve had a tough time in Thailand, but the 23-year-old is still confident he can come out on top.


Round two of the Formula 3 Asian Championship at Chang International Circuit was a mixed bag for Leitch. Race 1 of the weekend saw him come home a comfortable fifth, but in Race 2 he suffered a puncture while battling for position.


 Race 3 was better though as he managed to pull through on fresh rubber and score a podium. Unfortunately rising tyre pressures meant his window for an overtake on the leader was limite and ultimately never eventuated.


The DNF proved costly though as Daniel Cao moved ahead in the championship ladder behind series leader Ukyo Sasahara and Jack Doohan, albeit by only one point.


“I'd hoped for race wins this weekend but you have to take the positives from even the most challenging weekends,” Leitch said after the final race of the weekend.


“This one wasn't too bad but it could have been better. I was a bit dark about the time penalty as it was for excessive use of the track and literally everyone was doing the same thing. In the end it didn’t have any bearing on my end result, but still …


“Had a bit of luck gone our way in the second race and we'd have been there or thereabouts for a big result I reckon. I got hung out to dry while making a pass in the second race and ended up damaging the rear suspension and going into the gravel. It was over after that unfortunately.”


The season hits halfway in June when Leitch and the field head to Suzuka Circuit for round three of five.


“There's still a bit of work to do to catch the front guys, but I enjoyed all the passes I made in the third race and got the car really hooked up to get the fastest lap of the meeting, so that showed me and the team we are heading in the right direction on set up and pace.”


Long-time backer Dayle ITM concluded a deal before the round with the car sponsor, San Francisco clothing designers Oloi Inc, to keep Leitch in the BlackArts seat for the remaining rounds of the championship, which will take place in China and Japan.


The next round of the championship will also see Leitch do double duty with Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia.