Tim Leahey made it back to back wins with a steady and mature drive during this afternoon's second race of round six of the 2000 Holden Australian Drivers' Championship at Winton, Victoria. Leahey withstood the advances of Simon Wills to go to...
Tim Leahey made it back to back wins with a steady and mature drive during this afternoon's second race of round six of the 2000 Holden Australian Drivers' Championship at Winton, Victoria. Leahey withstood the advances of Simon Wills to go to the line one second ahead, with Matthew Halliday finishing in third for the second race is succession. There was drama aplenty when Steve Owen and Paul Dumbrell came together in Turn One on the opening lap, with Owen's wheel being ripped off before flying into the spectator safety fencing then bounding along between photographers and officials - fortunately without damage to person or property.
As a result, the field came under the Safety Car, but not before Christian Murchison had moved up into sixth place from his 14th place starting spot. Thereafter, Murchison passed two more cars before setting out after the top three. Just as he looked set to pounce, and after setting a new lap record time of 1:14.547s, it all turned sour for the bespectacled WA teenager. A spin at Honda Corner saw him drop back to fifth, then another spin four corners later dropped him to sixth. There was more in store, when two laps later he spun at Penrite corner, possibly due to front wing damaged endured in the first excursion. After a horror weekend Murchison now trails Wills in the championship chase by 17 points.
LeRoy Stevenson drove well to record yet another fourth place finish. Fifth place in race two went to Paul Dumbrell, who struggled with a bent wishbone after his earlier clash with Owen - and also struggled with an inoperative clutch. Peter Hill filled seventh behind the mud-spattered Murchison with Ian Peters leading home fellow Silver Star competitors Mark Ellis and Terry Clearihan. Eighty points are still up for grabs and as many as four drivers can win the coveted CAMS Gold Star, but Simon Wills will certainly take some beating now he's clawed his way to the top of the points table.
<pre> Top Ten Finishers Race 2 Pos Driver Team Car Laps Race Time Fastest On
1 Tim Leahey Murphy Motorsport Reynard 92D 17 24:06.9179 1:14.8319 14
2 Simon Wills Birrana Racing Reynard 94D 17 24:07.9591 1:14.7092 15
3 Matthew Halliday Ralt Challenge Racing Reynard 94D 17 24:09.6598 1:14.6659 13
4 LeRoy Stevenson Birrana Racing Reynard 94D 17 24:36.9847 1:16.0146 14
5 Paul Dumbrell Kmart Racing Reynard 93D 17 25:00.5717 1:15.5473 13
6 Christian Murchison NRC Racing Reynard 95D 17 25:22.4958 1:14.5697 8
7 Peter Hill Murphy Motorsport Reynard 94D 17 25:23.1962 1:19.2765 15
8 Ian Peters Camtech Racing Reynard 91D 17 25:35.1241 1:19.8009 15
9 Mark Ellis Mantis Racing Reynard 92D 16 24:16.7825 1:20.0113 12
10 Terry Clearihan Terry Clearihan Ralt RT23 16 24:33.4892 1:20.4405 7
Existing Lap Record was 1:14.7224 set by Simon Wills during Race 1 today.
New Lap Record set by Christian Murchison in a Reynard 95D at 1:14.5697 (average speed of 144.8 km/h)
2000 Holden Australian Drivers' Championship
1.Wills 172pts, 2. Murchison 155pts, 3. Halliday 111pts, 4. Leahey 94pts, 5. Dumbrell 78pts, 6. Stevenosn 72pts, 7. Staff 63pts, 8. Brede 50pts, 9. Booth 43pts, 10. Owen 35pts.