Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

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Sport SPORT 55 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 SPORTS LEGENDS NATHAN GREAVES In July, a brutal crash left the team with a $45,000 bill to rebuild their Spirit of Lockyer car, forcing them to turn to Gofundme to cover the cost of travelling to New Zealand for the final races of the season. “We’ve had to rebuild the whole car, there wasn’t one piece in the car that didn’t need replacing,” Brendon said at the time. “We were on course to finish on podium every round, only for things beyond our control to sort of cut us off.” Even after making it to New Zealand, the troubles didn’t end, with mechanical issues in the qualifying laps and a broken axle in the first lap. Despite the considerab­le setbacks, Brendon clawed his way to a respectabl­e fifth place overall at the end of the season, forcing him to relinquish his champion title. “We ended up not doing too badly, even after everything that happened this year,” he said. “The car also came home in one piece and without a scratch on it.” DURING its many decades spent reporting the news, the has had the privilege of detailing the trials and tribulatio­ns of some truly spectacula­r sportspeop­le. There have been Olympic medallists, cricketing greats, famed riders and record-setting racers, all of whom have left enduring legacies in the region. Gatton Star RACING CHAMP: Aussie Racing Car driver Brendon Pingel with his 5/8 scale purpose built racing car that has been rebuilt following a spectacula­r crash at Queensland Raceway in July. Brendon Pingel Gatton racer Brendon Pingel veered into the books in 2015, winning the Aussie Racing Cars Championsh­ip with a record 33-point lead. The success followed on from a close second place in 2014, but his attempts to defend his title in 2016 were mired by bad luck and disaster. Picture: File image Read more about our local sporting heroes on our website Footy tipping Challenge Which local business can back a Winner? Cnr Warrego Highway & Crowley Vale Road, Crowley Vale 8 Railway Street, Gatton 32 Anzac Avenue, Grantham 26 Anzac Avenue, Grantham Ph: 07 5462 1016 Ph: 07 5466 1155 Ph: 07 5466 1424 Ph: 0498 962 889 Panthers Storm Roosters Knights Titans Eels Sea Eagles Bulldogs Panthers Storm Roosters Knights Broncos Eels Sea Eagles Wests Tigers Panthers Storm Roosters Knights Broncos Raiders Sea Eagles Wests Tigers Panthers Storm Roosters Knights Broncos Raiders Sea Eagles Wests Tigers Eloise BELINDA & SCOTT MATT TANYA Last Week: 4 • Total: 29 Last Week: 6 • Total: 32 Last Week: 6 • Total: 32 Last Week: 7 • Total: 31 Lockyer Valley Ford & Mitsubishi 67 Crescent Street, Gatton 15/37 Western Drive, Gatton 153 Patrick Street, Laidley Ph: 07 5462 4334 Ph: 0413 932 407 Ph: 07 5462 3200 Panthers Storm Roosters Knights Broncos Eels Sharks Wests Tigers Rabbitohs Warriors Dragons Knights Titans Raiders Sharks Wests Tigers Storm Roosters Knights Broncos Panthers Eels Sea Eagles Wests Tigers Chris ADRIAN ANTHONY Last Week: 6 • Total: 33 Last Week: 2 • Total: 19 Last Week: 5 • Total: 31 V1 - TGSE01Z01M­A

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