Lynton and Leahey to go head-to-head in this years FITN

After years of dominating under the lights at Queensland Raceway, Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey will go their separate ways in this year’s Fight in the Night after entering separate BMW M3s.

The pair will compete as individuals next month when the Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars and Monochrome GT4 Australia Series take the track for the 10th rendition of the popular race at Queensland Raceway – ending what has been a remarkable run of results in previous years.

After picking up his first event victory in 2015, Lynton teamed up with Leahey in the 2016 edition of the race and made it back-to-back wins, outlasting Mark Griffith and Daniel Gaunt who were caught up in an intense battle for second place behind.

Only two years later, the pair etched their name in history by becoming the first duo to win the race on two separate occasions, claiming victory in dramatic fashion over Ryan Simpson and Jim Pollicina.

The following year saw Lynton go back-to-back for the second time in his career, with Leahey claiming his third win in the process.

Their most recent triumph came just last year, the victory all the more impressive after their dominant 37 second victory came in a substitute BMW M3 – after their main car caught fire earlier on in the weekend.

This year, both Lynton and Leahey will have their eyes on yet another victory at Queensland Raceway, but will have to beat each other to the line to do so.

With both drivers entered in a BMW M3, it is currently unclear whether they will have the assistance of co-drivers throughout the event, but the two will be in near-identical cars and are likely to produce a fascinating battle next month.

Although, they won’t be the only traditional team to split for this year’s race, with Grant and Iain Sherrin continuing to compete as individuals as they have done so far in 2023.

While the pair haven’t got a Fight in the Night win to their name as of yet, both drivers have endured impressive results in the past, including a second-place finish behind Lynton and Leahey in 2022.

Not only that, but the duo have also dominated on their own merits so far in 2023, with both picking up wins at the opening round of the season at Phillip Island, while Iain clean swept the APC category at Sydney Motorsport Park just last month.

The combined Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars and Monochrome GT4 Australia Series will take the track for three action-packed races at Queensland Raceway in August, with the headline race taking place on Saturday night at 5:55 pm AEST.

The fifth round of the Shannons SpeedSeries will take place at Queensland Raceway on 11-13 August.