Brock splits from wife of 28 years
15:47 AEST Mon May 2 2005
Nine-time Bathurst 1000 winner Peter Brock has split with his wife Beverley after 28 years of marriage.
Brock, 60, announced the separation on Monday, blaming the heavy demands of his life in the public eye.
The champion race driver, known as the King of the Mountain for his domination of the Bathurst event between 1972 and 1987, said he and Bev would remain friends.
"It is with great difficulty and sadness that, after 28 years, Peter and Bev Brock have advised their separation," the pair said in a statement.
"As a result of the continual demands on his life in the public eye, Peter finds that he is in need of time on his own.
"This is not an easy decision for Bev to accept, although she recognises and supports Peter's need to take this step.
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"Both intend to maintain a mutually respectful and amicable friendship in the future.
"Please respect the privacy of both parties and that of their family at this time."
The Brocks have three children - sons Jamie and Robert and daughter Alexandra.
Apart from his success at Bathurst, Brock won three Australian Touring Car championships and took out the Sandown Endurance Classic on nine occasions.
He also won the Repco Round Australia Trial in 1979.
After he retired from motor racing he and Bev established the Peter Brock Foundation, providing support to a wide range of community programs with a particular emphasis on less fortunate young people.
Bev also wrote a book about her husband's exploits entitled Peter Brock - Living with a Legend, which was published last year.