CHAMPCAR/CART: Battle for the top Young Gun at Gold Coast

Ten of Australia's top young motorsport stars have begun the battle for supremacy on the streets of Surfers Paradise ­ including Formula Holden star and V8 Supercar driver Tim Leahey. Leahey was chosen as one of Australia¹s ten brightest stars...

Ten of Australia's top young motorsport stars have begun the battle for supremacy on the streets of Surfers Paradise ­ including Formula Holden star and V8 Supercar driver Tim Leahey.

Leahey was chosen as one of Australia¹s ten brightest stars of the future to compete in identical Honda Integra Type R machines.

The battle for crown also includes international Formula 3 driver, Marcos Ambrose; new V8 Lites star, David Besnard; U.S. Indy Lites Championship leader, Scott Dixon; female Formula Ford racer, Leanne Ferrier; GTP Nation¹s Cup star Christian Jones ­ the son of ex-Formula One World Champion, Alan; Leahey's Formula Holden rivals from the 2000 championship, Simon Wills and Christian Murchison; as well as V8 Supercar drivers Steven Johnson and Paul Weel

Leahey quickly adapted to the Gold Coast circuit, recording the fourth fastest time in yesterday's second practice session.

"I am thrilled to be selected amongst this elite field, there are a lot of people in this pack with big futures in motorsport and I am really looking forward to racing these guys on the weekend," Leahey said.

"The cars are certainly fun to drive and I think the two races on the weekend are going to provide some great action."

The winner of the event will receive a test aboard an Indy Lights car in the U.S.

"I am certainly going to give it a red hot go on the weekend, because the Indy Lights test would be a fantastic experience," Leahey said.

Following the Indy weekend, Leahey will continue preparations with the Valvoline Garry Rogers Motorsport V8 Supercar team in the lead up to the FAI 1000 at Bathurst on November 19.

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Series IndyCar , General
Drivers Scott Dixon , David Besnard , Tim Leahey , Paul Weel , Simon Wills , Garry Rogers , Christian Jones , Christian Murchison
Teams Garry Rogers Motorsport