DION Bellman is enjoying a well-earned break before making a charge at his next formula 500 challenge – the Australian title.
The Purnim driver is basking in the afterglow of his formula 500 speedweek success.
Bellman, 21, scored three wins on the six-race program to earn bragging rights over older brother Chris who finished second.
The pair will now turn their attention to the national title in Goulburn at Easter.
“We have bits and pieces here and there but that (formula 500 speedweek) is the biggest week for the season,” Bellman said.
“The Australian title is next on the list to try and tick off. I ran in Darwin last year and finished eighth or 10th.”
Bellman joined formula 500 ranks two seasons ago after a two-year stint as a sprintcar driver.
The switch of classes enabled him to race with his brother, who is two years older and a six-year veteran on the formula 500 circuit, on a regular basis.
“It is pretty good, the majority of races we start beside each other and we have a lot of good battles together,” he said.
Bellman, who injured his back, hurting two vertebrae and slipping a disc last year, said he was rapt to make an impact in speedweek, which attracted high-class American drivers.
“It was a really cool experience and really an honour to win it,” he said.
“There’s a lot of great winners on there, so it’s a top achievement.
“I started (the series) last year and halfway through hurt my back.”
Bellman, who works for his family’s agricultural and earthmoving business, won at Hamilton in round three, Darlington in round four and Portland, which hosted the finale, in round six on Saturday night.
“In Hamilton (during speedweek) I ran first and second with the brother (was a highlight),” he said.
“But we had a lot of good races. At Darlington I raced with an American (Kalen Shaw) and just beat him and that was pretty cool because they have a lot more races and experience than we do.”
Bellman said speedweek tested drivers’ concentration levels.
“It’s obviously a long week with a lot of races and you have to make sure you finish all of them,” he said.
“Having a win is a bonus.”
The Bellman brothers will enjoy a month off racing before returning to the track.
Racing returns to Warrnambool next week with the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Premier Speedway.
The three-day showcase, which attracts world-class drivers, starts on Friday night.