YOUR JUNIOR DRAGSTER JAKE BERIAS Following a stellar season, 15 year old Jake Berias has been announced as the 18/19 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Junior Dragster Champion. “Going out in the first round was really hard, it was difficult watching Zara go rounds, but then she finally got knocked out and I won the title, which made me very happy,” Jake said. The title battle came right down to the Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster Grand Final, held across February 15-16 as part of Mildura’s Twilight Nationals. “As they (the Board family) said and we said, whichever way the championship went we would be happy as we both deserved it and had been 1-2 all year.” “I am very happy; happy and emotional – winning a championship, it is a big thing!” Jake said, while thanking his sponsors Werribee South Farm Supplies, Harley Heaven Melbourne, D Berias Farms and LT Egg Farm. While the nerves well and truly kicked in following his first round loss, ahead of the Grand Final weekend the softly spoken student was feeling quietly confident. The Year 10 student from Werribee (Victoria) clinched the title despite losing out early on in racing at the Grand Final. While a strong season performance with four event wins ultimately stood him in good stead, it was still a tense wait for the teenager as he had to wait to see how his nearest rivals fared as they continued on. In the end, he would be confirmed as the champion mid-way through the Grand Final ahead of Championship runner-up, Zara Board (click here to see Zara’s profile). “Heading into the Grand Final I was probably feeling more confident than nervous because of the wins I have had,” he explained. “It has been a really good season, I won three events in a row and then came off a loss to Zara at round four to win again; it is a really great feeling. “I want to thank my family: my mum, dad and sister as well as my grandparents who have come to nearly every event, and also everyone in the drag racing community – they are very positive and great people.” With this season so freshly complete, Jake and his family are yet to lock in their racing commitments for the 19/20 season but it is safe to assume you will see them around the track throughout the year. “The thing I really love about racing juniors is actually not the racing side, it is all of the families that are involved,” he said. “It is a very family-friendly sport and on top of that the racing side is fun; you get to go fast and have fun. “At this stage we haven’t really thought about next season but we will still run in the Junior, we might not travel as much but we will definitely be coming to meetings at Portland and Mildura, and if I am not racing my dad will be there racing!” ANDRA congratulates Jake, his family and all involved with this racing on a fantastic year and a well-deserved championship as well as all of the Junior Dragster racers on a great season. For more information on the Twilight Nationals, which hosted the Junior Dragster Grand Final, click here.