Dirt track champion to test himself in Victorian Saloon Car Series on bitumen
Australian Dirt track fans are familiar with the name Anthony Beare, and if his racing career thus far is anything to go by, then a whole new world of motorsport fans are about to get to know what many others already know, the man can drive.
Beare from Mount Gambier in South Australia has won everything in Street Stock racing there is to be won, including four national titles plus another in a different category, and twenty four state championships with nine in his home state and at least one title win in every state or territory with the Street Stock class competing.
Beare has joined Nash Harris Racing who are a Victorian Saloon car team this season to run a freshly re-numbered #46 Sprayfoam Solutions VT Commodore in the Victorian Saloon Car Series. Harris is himself a former competitor on the dirt tracks with a long history at the Daylesford Speedway Club before focussing on his circuit racing aspirations, has brought his passion of the dirt track to his most recent passion the Saloon Car class.
Nash has long been a fan of Beare and is delighted to have secured the driver for the upcoming bitumen season. “I have been watching Anthony win title after title and race after race for a long time. He won the closest ever finish in a national title in Ballarat and wins at least a dozen ‘blue ribbon’ feature events each season across a number of states. He has proven himself as a bitumen skilled driver having experienced racing at Winton on their annual Speedway Days the last few seasons. I believe we will be competitive this season in Saloon Car Racing.” Shared Harris.
“I’ve had a few conversations with Beare and he has showed interest in giving our Saloon Series a go and it all came into line for this new season. The guy has tremendous discipline and commitment with his racing. He is meticulous with car preparation and once the race weekend starts is extremely focussed.” Harris said.
Harris himself has come to the conclusion that he doesn’t have the focus to be as competitive as Beare and the ability to understand and interpret the data as well as Beare will be able to in order to be a consistent front runner in the class.
“Our class has been going for twenty seasons, we have been a member of Cams Victoria for ten years as recognised recently, our class is affordable Holden vs. Ford racing, and this is what Beare loves to do. He is a Holden man and he loves to make sure Holden is ahead of Ford on the dirt tracks, now he is keen to do it on the bitumen.” Harris beamed.
Beare will be competing within a class of production based Ford Falcons (EA’s, AU’s), and Holden Commodores (VN’s, VT’s and VY’s), slightly modified for competition, safety and reliability. The group Beare is in pit’s VT Commodores up against AU Falcons.
At the time of writing this release Nash plans to enter Beare at Sandown at round one, Phillips Island, Winton, then Sandown and Phillip Island again to round out the five date Saloon Car Series. There is a possibility the team might also go to the Saloon Car Nationals in Darwin, in August.
The Saloon Cars have been part of the support program of many of the highest profile race meetings in the country, including the Clipsal 500, the Bathurst 12 HR, Indy 300, Queensland 500, the Island 300, and were for many years a core category with the Shannon’s Nationals.
The crew consists of Darryl Howden, Emma Hutchinson, Alan Goodwin, Blake & Nash Harris and David Cooke.
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