Sydney Tim Leahey; aiming to fight back

Formula Holden stand-out Tim Leahey is aiming to launch a fightback in the Australian Driver's Championship after setting the pace in pre-event testing at Eastern Creek raceway. Leahey will contest round two of the championship this ...

Formula Holden stand-out Tim Leahey is aiming to launch a fightback in the Australian Driver's Championship after setting the pace in pre-event testing at Eastern Creek raceway.

Leahey will contest round two of the championship this weekend at the Sydney circuit after showing outstanding pace at the first round of the title at Phillip Island last month.

The Orange-born, Melbourne-based youngster took the lead in the opening race of the championship, only to suffer a transmission failure, 50 metres after passing reigning title-holder Simon Wills.

Leahey charged from the rear of the grid to take third in the second race and then topped the timesheets in the recent Eastern Creek test day aboard his Murphy Motorsport Reynard 92D.

The talented young star is confident his team has ironed out the reliability problems of the car and he will be able to challenge for victory.

"Our team showed we had the pace to run with the leaders, but luck wasn't on our side at Phillip Island," Leahey said.

"The recent test at Eastern Creek was very encouraging but we can't afford to rest on our laurels. It is all very well to be fastest in testing, we want to make sure we are fastest in the two races on the weekend.

"The level of competition is very tough in this category and we know we will have to find even more speed if we want to run at the sharp end."

The second round of the Australian Driver's Championship will be staged in conjunction with the debut of the new V8 Lites championship for V8 Supercar privateer competitors.

"It is vital for our championship chances to topple Simon (Wills)," Leahey said.

"Because we have dropped a race, we will be fighting from behind for the rest of the championship.

"Anything short of win will make life very tough. The team has worked very hard on making sure I have the equipment to do the job, so it is up to me."

-PAUL RYAN-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Tim Leahey , Simon Wills , Phillip Island