Haber all fired up de­spite GT pains

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

THERE is al­ways this morn­ing for Mackay lo­cal and Aus­tralian GT Cham­pi­onship new­comer Mor­gan Haber.

The 21- year- old for­mer Dun­lop Se­ries driver and Ere­bus team mem­ber hopes to wave the flag for North Queens­land at this week­end’s Townsville 400 de­spite fin­ish­ing 10th in yesterday’s first GT qual­i­fier.

Maranello’s Tony D’Al­bertro fin­ish on top in that ses­sion, ahead of Steven Owen ( Su­paloe Rac­ing), Nathan An­tunes ( Sk­wirk) and Klark Quinn ( Dar­rell Lea).

Haber wants to make a state­ment when the GTs roar again from 8.30am to­day.

“It’s a bit daunt­ing, first time back on a street cir­cuit again, but I think it’s go­ing OK,” he said.

“We had a pretty good ses­sion with the first prac­tice, so it was un­for­tu­nate to strug­gle a bit in qual­i­fy­ing. We’ve got another qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion ( to­day) and we’ll try and tune the car up a bit bet­ter and go from there.”

Haber raced at Reid Park last year but faces a whole new set of chal­lenges be­hind the wheel of his re- shelled # 28 Ere­bus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3.

His new car took about 400 hours to re­build fol­low­ing his open­ing race crash in Ade­laide, which kept him out of the cat­e­gory’s first two rounds.

“We started look­ing around for some­thing dif­fer­ent last year and Ere­bus had a pretty good deal on the ta­ble, so we took the op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“It’s pretty amaz­ing when you think the team is rac­ing seven cars this week­end and it’s a great team that’s spread out over a few cat­e­gories.”

Haber got his start rac­ing karts, which he did for about 10 years, then moved to the Aus­tralian Swift Rac­ing Se­ries in 2011, and on to the Dun­lop Se­ries and then the GTs.

He feels no ex­tra pres­sure to per­form well at his “home” race, but is still keen to do North Queens­land proud.

“I want to put on a good show for the crowd and for my fans back home,” Haber said.

“We’ll just see how it all goes for now, stick with the GT stuff and hope­fully I keep pro­gress­ing.”

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