23-year-old New South Wales driver Tim Leahey (Boost Pre Paid Mobile Reynard 92D) finally scored his maiden Formula Holden victory after a strong drive at Winton Raceway today. After looking like a winner all year, Leahey made a clean start to...
23-year-old New South Wales driver Tim Leahey (Boost Pre Paid Mobile Reynard 92D) finally scored his maiden Formula Holden victory after a strong drive at Winton Raceway today. After looking like a winner all year, Leahey made a clean start to out-drag reigning champion, Birrana Racing's Simon Wills into the Turn One esses and fended off the advances of Wills throughout the 15 lap journey - interrupted by two Safety Car periods. The first of which, coming as a result of an incident between Steve Owen and Christian Murchison. Murchison lost places at the start and dropped from third to fifth, but had to avoid the spinning Owen and ended up stranded and bogged on the wet infield. The net result of Murchison's first dnf of the season now sees Wills leading the championship by eight points.
Third place went to Challenge Ralt's Matthew Halliday, who had looked threatening earlier in the race, but fell back from the four-car train at the front and had to fend off the strenuous advances of 17-year-old Victorian Paul Dumbrell (Kmart Racing Reynard). Dumbrell was the big mover, having started seventh and benefited from Owen's spin, Murchison's failure to finish and LeRoy Stevenson dropping back - also after a spin. Owen came home fifth after charging back through the field and actually held the race's fastest lap (and lap record) at one point, before Wills narrowly pipped his time to leave the mark at 1:14.72s.
NRC's Dale Brede came home sixth, still struggling with a handling imbalance and Peter Hill (M ONE 11 Reynard) backed up team mate Leahey's result with a fine seventh and Silver Star honours. The top ten was completed by Roger Oakeshott in the Sportsmed Reynard in eighth, ahead of Ian Peters (Camtech Reynard) and Mark Ellis (Mantis Racing Reynard). All eyes will be on the rear of the field in this afternoon's second 15-lap race as Murchison does his best to salvage valuable championship points from his rear of grid start.
<pre> Top Ten Finishers Race 1 - Determines grid for Race 2
Pos Driver Team Car Laps Race Time Fastest On 1 Tim Leahey Murphy Motorsport Reynard 92D 18 25:44.2589 1:14.8957 17 2 Simon Wills Birrana Racing Reynard 94D 18 25:44.9910 1:14.7224 16 3 Matthew Halliday Ralt Challenge Racing Reynard 94D 18 25:50.2392 1:15.1424 14 4 Paul Dumbrell Kmart Racing Reynard 93D 18 25:50.5693 1:15.0440 11 5 Steve Owen Hocking Motorsport Reynard 97D 18 25:56.0699 1:14.8375 13 6 Dale Brede NRC Racing Reynard 95D 18 26:18.3268 1:17.2522 15 7 Peter Hill Murphy Motorsport Reynard 94D 18 26:36.4012 1:18.4642 17 8 Roger Oakeshott Roger Oakeshott Reynard 97D 18 26:46.6214 1:18.9240 14 9 Ian Peters Camtech Racing Reynard 91D 18 26:46.8203 1:19.1256 14 10 Mark Ellis Mantis Racing Reynard 92D 18 27:04.2160 1:20.0751 14