Beare crowned as national champ

Mount Gambier street stock driver Anthony Beare became a six-time national champion recently when he hit the track at the Australian title at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway.

Beare made the trek north to compete after having a good domestic season across the country and was in good form in the lead up to the event.

The EB Graphics, Beare-built Holden VF Commodore has always hit tracks around the country with its unique pink colour scheme and regularly puts on a show for the race fans.

In night one of the two-night feature, Beare went through his allotted heats reasonably well but did suffer some damage during the night.

Despite this the talented driver managed to win three of his heat races to be on top of the points heading into the final night.

It did not come without the pressure applied from another South Australian – Penola’s Steve Gartner – who was only eight points behind Beare and recorded the quickest time in official practice with Queensland’s James Russell also on their tail.

But fortune favoured the brave with Beare repairing his car and hitting the high banks of Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway on night two.

In heat 36 Beare came out and drove the number 46 to the chequered flag to cement his position in the final feature night on 144 points, ahead of Jack Yeates on 128 and Russell with 123 points.

Beare was on pole for the 40-lap feature and had his work cut out with challenges from Victorian Matt Nelson and Gartner who were also vying for the national title.

The trio battled for the lead but it was the experience of Beare that showed, crossing the line with the national title ahead of Nelson and Gartner.

This made Beare a six-time champion in this class and one would say a motorsport legend.

In other news from the event fellow Mount Gambier racer Jason Duell was awarded the best presented out of the 95 vehicle nominations.

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