Young Formula Holden contender Tim Leahey (23) will be joining John Briggs and the Super Cheap Auto V8 Supercar team for an assault on the Shell Championship Series endurance races. Leahey who has been under the tuition of Cat Racing driver...
Young Formula Holden contender Tim Leahey (23) will be joining John Briggs and the Super Cheap Auto V8 Supercar team for an assault on the Shell Championship Series endurance races.
Leahey who has been under the tuition of Cat Racing driver John Bowe as the team¹s test driver this year, will make his 1999 V8 Supercar debut alongside John Briggs in the Ford AU at the Queensland 500 and join him for the Bathurst 1000.
The young Perth based driver is pleased with the opportunity to make his debut with a team that has a proven track record in the series.
"John (Briggs) has a lot of experience under his belt and has had a great run this year with some top results. We¹ll be going to Queensland Raceway with set goals of how the race will run and I¹m confident I can be fast and reliable and meet the goals of the team," said Leahey.
Leahey has already put V8 Supercar test miles under his belt this year with the Cat Racing team and will have the opportunity to test with the Super Cheap team at Queensland Raceway over the next few weeks.
Briggs has nothing but praise for the young man who entered the Formula Holden Championship this year as a training ground for his V8 Supercar aspirations.
"Tim was recommended to me by John Bowe as the ideal man to fill the job. Tim¹s been doing some test miles for the Cat team this year, and getting him into the car for Bathurst fits in with our goals for the future." said Briggs.
"He¹s a fit young guy which will be great for the tough job at Bathurst, and his Formula Holden results have been nothing short of outstanding for the short time he has been racing there. I¹m sure his talent will shine through in the two long races, I¹m very pleased to have him aboard. "
The Queensland based Super Cheap Team will be testing the car next Saturday and following Wednesday around Queensland Raceway and will take the opportunity of putting Leahey into the car for some endurance runs.
The young man is aware of the terrific opportunity that has been afforded him with the Super Cheap Team for the endurance races. Leahey says that in the competitive motorsport market there are a lot of young drivers who are edging to get a break.
"The long races are a great opportunity for some of the young guys out there to showcase their talents. As a new guy in the sport it can be hard to slot into a V8 spot, I¹m glad I¹m going into both races with such a good team," said Leahey.
Leahey will also continue his run in the Formula Holden Championship at Oran Park where he hopes to make a further impact against Simon Wills for victory in the series races. Leahey finished the second race at Winton in second place (the first race was cancelled after two red flag incidents) and is sure that with a regular run he could further challenge for outright success.