FIRST TIME: Driver Bevan Springate and sponsor Maxine Van Der Westhuizen from Max's Barber in the run up to the Historic Leyburn Sprints this weekend.
FIRST TIME: Driver Bevan Springate and sponsor Maxine Van Der Westhuizen from Max's Barber in the run up to the Historic Leyburn Sprints this weekend. Gerard Walsh

Second-gen driver gears up for Leyburn Sprints

WARWICK driver Bevan Springate will head to his first Historic Leyburn Sprints with a 1972 LJ Torana XU1.

He is a second-generation motorsport driver, taking after his father Phil 'Swampy' Springate who was a series winner at Morgan Park and also went on many Endeavour rallies.

"I have raced the car at Morgan Park Raceway but not at Leyburn,” he said.

"I was in group Nc in the historics in July but had a few dramas.”

His aim at Leyburn will be to place in a field of six.

His Torana was rescued from a dump at Stanthorpe six or seven years ago.

"I spent four years building it into a racing car,” he said.

The qualified mechanic works on the car between his regular job at CSM Service Bodies on the Warwick Industrial Estate.

Springate plans to start a serious racing career next year and aims to win a state championship in the Torana.

This year, he will compete in the final state championships round in October but next year wants to go in all four rounds.

He estimates he will reach 180km/h on the back straight at Morgan Park Raceway next year.

"I will be a lot slower at Leyburn this weekend,” he said.

His major sponsor is Maxine Van Der Westhuizen, from Max's Barber.

"I have a lot of clients who are men and that is why I am sponsoring Bevan,” she said.

"I have lived in Warwick for six years and I will be going to the sprints for the first time this year.”

Action starts at 8am Saturday and Sunday at sprints.