DOU­BLE R BOSS HAILS F3 CHAM­PION LEIST

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Dou­ble R Rac­ing boss An­thony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt hailed Matheus Leist a hero af­ter the Brazil­ian clinched the first BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 ti­tle since the cham­pi­onship’s re­brand­ing.

Leist over­turned a 15-point deficit head­ing into the fi­nal week­end of the cham­pi­onship to beat Car­lin’s Ricky Col­lard by 27 points, thanks largely to a vic­tory in the open­ing race as Col­lard failed to fin­ish fol­low­ing a clash with Leist’s team-mate Enzo Bor­to­leto.

The ti­tle was the team’s first cham­pi­onship suc­cess in 10 years since Mike Con­way cap­tured the Bri­tish For­mula 3 In­ter­na­tional Series – F3’s for­mer guise in the UK – in 2006.

“He’s been a hero,” said Hieatt of Leist. “We had him last year but he wasn’t able to show his true speed, he had school and stuff, he was go­ing back and forth [to and from Brazil].

“But he learned the cir­cuits, and this year he’s been so con­sis­tent. He doesn’t mess up; he had two DNFS at Brands but he caught up the points.”

“He’s a great driver, he’s got a re­ally bright fu­ture. He should be top of any team man­ager’s list. Had I done FIA F3, he’d have been my first call. He’s a team leader, doesn’t mess up. If he’s not on pole, we haven’t done a good enough job be­cause he could be on pole every time.

“He’s a great kid and al­ways happy – even if he hadn’t won he would have been. He’s just got a great per­son­al­ity.”

“It’s huge for the team, too. We had a big up­heaval this year, mov­ing work­shop, so we were a lit­tle bit late start­ing test­ing and not do­ing FIA F3 – but we don’t miss that a bit. This is a nice place to be.”

Leist was equally prais­ing of Dou­ble R, say­ing: “It’s just amaz­ing. The whole sea­son we worked so hard for this, and the team did an ex­cel­lent job. There are no words to de­scribe this feel­ing right now.

“It’s al­ways about Car­lin – that’s all you ever hear about. I’m happy I could prove that Dou­ble R is a mega team, which did a bril­liant job.”

Hieatt: Full of praise for Leist

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