Two-time F1 eSports Champion and Mercedes AMG Petronas eSports driver, Brendon Leigh made his real-world motorsport debut this weekend during round one of the National Formula Ford 1600 Championship.

Leigh was run by Kevin Mills Racing in a Spectrum 011C. KMR is a top team in Formula Ford racing, having won the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone for the last two years in a row.

He started the weekend with fifth place in qualifying, .586 off of pole sitter Ross Martin. Although Brendon finished fourth on the road in his first race, he was given a 15.5 second penalty for “driving incompatible with general safety.” This moved him down to tenth place.

The second race didn’t last very long, after a crash early on at turn one. His weekend got worse, because of crash damage, he wasn’t able to start the third and final race. Ending a promising debut weekend early.

Brendon got the second fastest lap in race one, behind Kevin Mills teammate, Neil Maclennan. Leigh is expected to return to the series next time out at Oulton Park on May 11th.

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