Tim Leahey Canberra review



While some drivers may be wandering up and down the pit lane looking for the black cat they have run over, Formula Holden star Tim Leahey is confident he can put his run of bad luck behind him after Canberra.

Leahey set pole position in qualifying and then finished second behind reigning champion Simon Wills in the opening race on the weekend.

He made amends for a bad start in the opening race by charging into the lead in race two, only to suffer an engine failure while holding a commanding lead.

"The whole team are obviously pretty disappointed because I had the race in the bag," Leahey said.

"We have had a series of set-backs but you have to keep thinking positive because we showed we are certainly fast enough to win races.

"When we finally do break the ice, it is going to make it all the more sweeter."

Leahey performed strongly on the weekend, charging through the bumpy and narrow Canberra streets without touching the concrete walls surrounding the track.

"It was certainly a very tough track to race on, but you had to put your head down and have a go," Leahey said.

"There was no point in messing around, you simply had to be very accurate with the car and make sure you kept it off the walls. It was tough because to go fast, you really had to push hard and if the car stepped out at all, you could be in big trouble."

Leahey is confident he can now break through for his first victory at Queensland Raceway on June 2.

"To be honest, I am very tired of finishing second," Leahey said.

"The championship is now out of reach for us, but I know I have the car to do the job and I am desperate to go out and win races.

"It has been a character building season but I know we can break through and when we do, the floodgates may well open.

"The team are working very hard on ensuring we improve our reliability - they were as shattered as I was but they are desperate to give me the machine to do the job."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Tim Leahey , Simon Wills