Herald Sun - Motoring - - Special Report -

BEAU Yates is typ­i­cal of many young­sters in motorsport. He be­gan in mo­tocross - and still uses his favourite hel­met from the dirt-track days - but his bat­tered body forced him to find some­thing an­other hobby.

One night he took up a friend’s in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend a drift event at Oran Park Race­way in Syd­ney, and was hooked.

‘‘It opened my eyes. And I haven’t looked back,’’ Yates says.

‘‘I used to drive my Corolla to the events. And I won ev­ery­thing I went in.’’

So the 25-year-old up­hol­sterer, who also flies model planes— some­times inside the house he shares with his part­ner Bec— grad­u­ally im­proved his car and moved up the ranks.

‘‘I started in ’05 in Drift Aus­tralia— 2006 was a stel­lar year when I won the cham­pi­onship.

‘‘This year I’m still a chance for the cham­pi­onship with one race left.’’

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