Tom Grech is one talented driver – and not just behind the steering wheel.
The 22-year-old is also one talented designer, and is about to graduate from his Industrial Design degree at Monash University at the end of this year, with the IQ Option Racing driver also on the hunt for his own sponsors and works with Holden Special Vehicles.
Grech has strong skills in the automotive industry, and mentioned that his passion for racing came from growing up with his Dad at the race track.
“Dad was involved in V8 Supercars for many years, and I guess that’s where I found the passion for racing and the automotive industry,” Grech said.
“My first sort-of taste and experience in motor sport would of been back as a young kid was being with Dad in the pits and sitting in the car and interacting at that sort of level.
“Dad was obviously involved in a management level, and I guess I was there as a kid and saw these drivers walking around and thought, ‘how cool is that!’ and I really wanted to be a driver.”
Despite working in the industry and racing in the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, the Mornington racer believes his passion and motivation help him in all aspects of life, as well as support from people he looks up to.
“I have plenty of mentors and people that I look up to in motor sport, I think obviously Dad is one of them, he’s fantastic for advice but in terms of drivers Craig Lowndes was always someone that I always loved being with in the pits and I knew him from a very young age … I always looked at him as someone I would love to emulate.”
Although Grech works hard, he finds one of the hardest things is being able to race and find the money to do so.
“I’m in the position where my parents don’t put money in or sponsor me to go racing so I have to go and find the money myself, and really that teaches you to establish a brand for yourself and search for sponsors and build proposals.”
The AGI Sport Team driver is currently eighth in the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, and his next race will be at Phillip Island on November 20.