Cromwell drivers living their dreams
Sometimes dreams do come true.
For Cromwell race car driver Andrew Waite, his came in the form of a text message out of the blue two months ago, getting a call-up to race in one of the biggest motor races in the world.
Waite returned to work at Highlands Motorsport Park on Tuesday after completing two rounds of the four round circuit in the FRD LMP3 Series in China. And winning.
‘‘It seems too good to be true. It was literally just a text message. I have literally dreamed about a message like that to come true.’’
Waite, driving for the PTRS team owned by Weiliang Chen and backed by one of Asia’s biggest celebrity entertainers Jimmy Lin, was currently sitting second overall in the championship with two rounds to go.
He had already raced at the Zhejiang International circuit and Shanghai international circuit, and the the next two rounds were at Shanghai International circuit again followed by Zhuhai International circuit.
He credited Highlands with keeping his race car driving ‘‘current’’, and racing with motorsport park owner Tony Quinn had also helped, he said.
‘‘I did race with Tony Quinn at the Bathurst 12-hour in his MacLaren GT3. I would like to think that may have kick-started things.’’
Another Southern race car driver, and Highlands Motorsport Park employee, is pursuing his dream racing on the international circuit.
Brendon Leitch returned to the United States on Sunday to com- plete the final rounds of the FIA Formula 4 Championship.
‘‘It’s gone really well. I started off a wee bit rough just getting used to the car. It’s very different to what I had been driving. I’ve made some big improvements. In the last round we got a couple of sixth places and made some big progress with the car. My driving technique needed a bit of tweaking as well. l am looking forward to the next one.’’
While Leitch and Waite flat together, work together and both race - their paths crossed a lot earlier, and a boyhood dream is perhaps playing out for 21-year- old Leitch.
‘‘When I was six or seven I used to sit in the trailer when Andrew was racing. He was one of my idols when I was a little kid so it is really funny. He would come down to Invercargill when I was just a wee tot. It is amazing how it all works out.’’
Highlands Motorsport Park drivers Brendon Leitch and Andrew Waite.