Kiwi Formula 4 USA Championship driver Brendon Leitch surprised by ‘very strange’ bus incident

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Southland’s Brendon Leitch is in the top-10 with one round of the Formula 4 Championship remaining.

Kiwi Formula 4 Championship motor-racing driver Brendon Leitch took a moment to comprehend the bizarre incident involving a yellow school bus which was unfolding in front of him in race two of the Circuit of the Americas in Texas on Saturday (NZT).

The 21-year-old Southlander was looking to retain his top-10 spot overall in race two when a bus took a wrong turn during the race and ended up crossing onto the track.

New Zealand motorsport driver Brendon Leitch has been competing in the Formula 4 United States Championship.

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New Zealand motorsport driver Brendon Leitch has been competing in the Formula 4 United States Championship.

Racing was red flagged while the 30-seater bus with only the driver on board was escorted to the infield. 

“I saw it all, we were pushing on when my engineer came on radio saying there was a safety car,” Leitch said.

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“It wasn’t till I got very close to the bus that I realised the bus was on my side of the fence.”

“Yeah I was on the circuit at the same time so it was very strange, it took me a second to realise the bus was on our side of the fence and then immediately the race was red flagged while the bus was removed from the circuit.”

Leitch sits in ninth spot in the standings, picking up championship points for a ninth placing in the second race out of three races last weekend.

“Not the best weekend, I came away with one top 10 finish,” he said.

“We were lacking a bit of boogie, but should be good for the next one.”

The final round of the championship returns to the Circuit of the Americas next month as a support category for the US Grand Prix.


 – Stuff

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