Formula Holden star Tim Leahey has his sights set on turning speed into success at the next round of the Australian Driver's Championship at the GMC 400 street race in Canberra next weekend. In the past three rounds of the Championship, Leahey...
Formula Holden star Tim Leahey has his sights set on turning speed into success at the next round of the Australian Driver's Championship at the GMC 400 street race in Canberra next weekend.
In the past three rounds of the Championship, Leahey has loomed as potential race winner, only to strike trouble.
"We haven't had the best of luck so far, but that is no excuse, we simply have to put our head down and get the job done," Leahey said.
"The championship is realistically out of reach, but my aim now is to win races."
The Canberra race will present a unique set of circumstances for the Formula Holden field this weekend.
"Learning the track quickly will the secret next weekend," Leahey said.
"Qualifying will be vital but the other problem will be making sure you get heat into your tyres, particularly with the circuit surrounded by concrete.
"Going fast on cold tyres will be important, particularly with Canberra being cold enough to receive snow recently.
"It will be a bit of balancing act. You need to go fast early, but if your try too hard on cold tyres, you could be picking the car out of the barriers."
Born and raised in Orange, Leahey has received strong support from the local Canberra business community.
Leahey's Reynard 92D racecar has been backed by local Canberra businesses Funnel Web Internet, Gregory¹s Ford, DKS Security and Tom Leahey Motors.
The young star is hoping to add to his third and second places earned on the streets of Adelaide.
"I am really looking forward to getting back into the car in Canberra," Leahey said.
"There has been a bit of a gap in the calendar since the Adelaide race and I can't wait to try to go one better and climb the top step of the podium."