Winton qualifying notes

Late session charge lands Leahey on front row Title leader Richards grabs pole with youngsters close behind A late session charge from Greg Murphy Racing's Tim Leahey has landed the Orange driver on the front row of the grid for round three...

Late session charge lands Leahey on front row
Title leader Richards grabs pole with youngsters close behind

A late session charge from Greg Murphy Racing's Tim Leahey has landed the Orange driver on the front row of the grid for round three of the all-Porsche Carrera Cup at Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria.

The 26-year-old had been struggling in the early part of the qualifying session, however managed to find extra speed and place himself alongside pole-sitter Jim Richards for today's opening race, which will start ay 4.00pm.

"In the first part of the session I didn't quite get it right and got baulked by a slower car," said Leahey.

"The second run saw the tyres take longer to come in. On my hot lap I missed a gear at got baulked as well, so there was probably three-tenths of a second there that would have got us closer to the front."

The second row of the grid will be made up by Queenslander Marcus Marshall and ENJO Racing's Peter Fitzgerald, the duo mere hundredths of a second behind Leahey. Passing on the tight three-kilometre venue will be difficult, so Fitzgerald's Porsche experience will play into the Melbourne racer's hands.

Marshall, meanwhile, reported that his lap went to plan, despite running wide into turn one.

Row three will be made up of Matt Coleman and the ever-improving Andrew Miedecke, while Leahey's team-mate Peter Hill proved that his speed in yesterday's practice sessions was no fluke, the former world skateboarding champion seventh fastest in qualifying.

"It's such a different place to the tracks we've been at before (Phillip Island and Eastern Creek), but I think the whole team is moving in the right direction," said Hill.

"Things happen quickly here, there are a few key spots under brakes if people make a mistake where you can get by them."

The top 10 is rounded out by Kiwi Kevin Bell, Tekno Autosport's Jonathon Webb and an impressive performance from Dean Cook. The Izod Sportswear-backed driver qualified 10th, equalling his best qualifying performance of the year.

The first 12-lapper will be run from 4.00pm this afternoon. Races two and three will be held on Sunday, at 10.00am and 4.25pm respectively.

The Carrera Cup is a nine-round championship supporting the V8 Supercar Championship Series, using identical Porsche GT3 Cup cars that have been specially manufactured for Carrera Cup competition by the Porsche factory in Weissach, Germany.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Greg Murphy , Tim Leahey , Jim Richards , Peter Fitzgerald , Jonathon Webb , Peter Hill , Kevin Bell , Phillip Island