F1200 driver LeLiever unhurt after Mosport crash

LeLiever unhurt after heavy crash at Mosport May 20, 2003 (Toronto, Canada): Holgate Motorsports's Formula 1200 driver Brad LeLiever escaped uninjured from a big impact at Mosport International Raceway, Sunday. The nineteen-year-old from ...

LeLiever unhurt after heavy crash at Mosport

May 20, 2003 (Toronto, Canada): Holgate Motorsports's Formula 1200 driver Brad LeLiever escaped uninjured from a big impact at Mosport International Raceway, Sunday. The nineteen-year-old from Gilford, Ontario, was hit from behind and knocked off the track as he braked for a turn after speeding along the long back straight.

LeLiever, though annoyed, was none the worse for wear, but his Mr. Sub / Barrie Honda / RV Warehouse car was badly damaged.

The incident occurred on the fourth lap of a Sunday-morning race for which LeLiever had qualified fourth. Having a very good run, he was making progress and was up to second place after just a few laps. Drafting leader Rob Reck on the straight at over 200 km/h, LeLiever was setting up to pass under braking for corner eight, a sweeping right-hander. As Reck and LeLiever began to slow for the turn, third-placed Frank Steinhausen continued unabated and careened into the back of LeLiever.

Both cars spun off the circuit and hit a retaining wall. LeLiever's car, sandwiched between the wall and Steinhausen's car, looked terrible after the impact. Though requiring many new parts, the car appears repairable.

Obviously, the non-finish was a big disappointment to LeLiever who has targeted winning the Kumho Formula 1200 Championship this year. He was Rookie of the Year in 2002, placing third in the championship with two wins.

"This is a big set back," said LeLiever. "Competition in this series is very close and coming away from a race with no points is costly in terms of the championship. It's a shame because the Vallis Motor Sport crew had the Mr. Sub car working really well and we had a very good shot at winning today. On the bright side, though, there's a five-week break in the schedule, so there's lots of time to get the car back in race shape."

LeLiever's next Formula 1200 outing is at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, June 21-22. Until then, however, he'll participate in several kart races with the Holgate Motorsports karting team.

-mj-

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