Bright’s speedy come-back after crash

RACER Chassen Bright from Uitenhage endured a bittersweet weekend at Zwartkops’s Sasol Race Day Investchem Formula 1600 races.

“I’ve had my fair share of bad luck now and I’m confident of a good result should we have a clean weekend,” said Chassen Bright a former Daniel Pienaar THS learner.

He enjoyed good speed in the Friday practice, but his Fantastic Racing Mygale was one of several cars to suffer from its throttle sticking wide open.

“This caused Chassen to go off and bend the car, which was rebuilt overnight, but a component issue rendered the car undrivable in qualifying and he started from the back of the grid,” said his dad Sparky Bright from Bright’s Motorsport.

The races went better though as Chassen delivered a great drive through the field to end up 8th and in the points in the first race, before enjoying a monumental scrap to 9th in the second heat, with the sixth to ninth placed cars split by just half a second.

“Phew ... that was a difficult weekend!” Chassen admitted. “I had to start at the back of grid owing to car damage from a crash after a scary moment when my throttle stuck wide open on Friday, which meant I had to drive through the pack in both races.

“I’m working to get to the next races at Kyalami in two weeks and Cape Town later in September.

“Thanks so much to Mark Lauth and Fantastic Racing for the chance to race so far!” said Chassen. - MOTORSPORT