Stuart White started his Road to Indy dream in perfect fashion as he dominated the Investchem Formula 1600 races at Kyalami’s Festival of Motoring on Saturday. White qualified third on Friday evening but raced into the lead off the start never to be headed again as he left his rivals to fight over the scraps.
The Investchem Formula 1600s switched to a new 5-speed sequential gearbox form in Kyalami’s 2018 championship season opener, with the champion winning an all expenses paid trip to the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout in Phoenix, Arizona USA in December. Stuart missed another international academy drive by hundredths of a second earlier this year and he’s determined to make good the chance to fight it out for a full USF2000 drive as part of the Road to Indy program that ultimately could lead to a shot at the Indianapolis 500.
“That was almost the perfect weekend,” Bloemfontein 16-year old Stuart explained. “We only qualified third after a bolt broke on the rear hub and the car was all over the track, but we sorted that and both races were just awesome — I had good pace in both races while also setting fastest laps in both as well. “It really is an awesome experience racing at Kyalami and I’m looking forward to race there again later this year.
“The new sequential gearbox works very well and was a pleasure racing with it, so a big thank you to Ian Schofield for making it possible for F1600 to run with them and to Brian Kruger and his team for getting them all in the cars before the 1st race. “Now we are looking forward to Cape Town for round 2 on 21 April — I really can’t wait to get back in the car!