Leuchter does not want to accept this and to begin with he takes half a year out. At the end of 2006, he tries to raise the funds for a season in Formula 3 off his own back – sadly, all in vain. But giving up is out of the question for Leuchter. He does what is necessary and travels with Lauderbach’s then team. “During the week I was at school, and on weekends I was at races,” says Leuchter. “But not driving.” He helps the team where he can: refuelling, taking tyre pressures, data analysis… “Only once you do all the jobs in a team can you really appreciate what everyone does,” emphasises Leuchter. This says quite a lot about him – as a racing driver and a person.
That at this time he stayed at and finished school is thanks to his mother, Angelika. “I’ve always taken things seriously – except school, that is” confesses Leuchter. “Motorsport was important to me, but my mum insisted that I received an education.” Leuchter completes a vocational diploma with training as a technical mechanical engineer. Afterwards, he studies mechanical engineering at FH Krefeld for six semesters, but then takes a break, as he does not have the time alongside motorsport. “During this period I learnt many things that even today still help me in motorsport,” says Leuchter. “I can operate a lathe and have even made some spare parts myself.”