Toyota rally champ Poulter takes a break to focus on health

Defending South African National Rally and Cross-Country champion, Leeroy Poulter, has decided to step away from motorsport for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Brian Joss – The talented motor sportsman made the decision to fully recover from the brain surgery he underwent in 2016, to remove an anomalous growth.

While the surgery itself was a great success, Poulter has found the recovery more demanding than expected, and has decided to focus on his health for the foreseeable future.

Leeroy Poulter: out of motorsport for the remainder of 2017. Picture: Motorpress

“It certainly isn’t a decision I’m taking lightly,” says Poulter. “The team and I have discussed the matter in detail, and while I’m certainly able to race, I realised that my body needs more time to fully recover.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall, fully supports Poulter’s

decision: “Leeroy is a pivotal member of our team, and he has been instrumental in the development of our Toyota Hilux. Ours is a demanding sport, and taking care of one’s health is of paramount importance. As such, we wish Leeroy well with his continued recovery.”

“Motorsport has been my life since I was a little boy,” concludes Poulter.

“Not racing will be extremely difficult for me, but I have to be realistic in terms of my health, and taking a break at this point may be exactly what I need.”

Poulter, who has won numerous championships in his career, ranging from motocross to karting, rallying and cross-country racing, is currently leading the standings for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA in the South African Cross-Country Series.

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