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Greg Rust

Greg Rust

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Motor Racing Commentator

Greg Rust is Australia’s most versatile motor racing commentator and the front man for ONE's coverage of Formula One and MotoGP.

Born into a family with a genuine love for all forms of the sport he was a regular at the Sydney Showground Speedway before he could even walk. In his late teens and early 20’s Rust enjoyed some class wins as a driver in Rally Sprints and Khana-Crosses but his passion is kart racing and Greg still competes whenever he gets the chance. In recent years he’s tackled the 12-hour 4-stroke Enduro at Eastern Creek and won the event in 2003 with kart aces Troy Hunt and Tim Craig.

Rust has driven many race cars for story research including:

  • Informal V8 Supercar test with Paul Morris Motorsport (Holden).
  • Informal V8 Supercar test with Paul Dumbrell (Holden Commodore).
  • Informal V8 Supercar test with the Holden Racing Team (PR2)
  • Informal V8 Supercar test with Brad Jones Racing (Holden).
  • Aussie Racing Cars tests & racing at Winton and Oran Park Raceway.
  • Toyota Racing Series open wheeler at Oran Park.
  • Speedcar/Midget Parramatta Speedway, Sydney.
  • Formula Ford – Norwell Driver Training Centre, Gold Coast.

The skills learned during amateur competition still serve him well but Rust realised early on that his ability behind the wheel didn’t match the speed of his mouth or his journalistic capabilities. Trained at the Australian Film Television and Radio school and by voiceover great Max Rowley, it’s behind the microphone that Rust has really excelled.

He cut his teeth as a Sprint Kart commentator and earned a big break calling the televised support races at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1996. Rust joined Ten's V8 Supercar commentary team two years later and played an integral part in the network's Logie Award Winning Broadcasts. His pit reporting is world class and for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and Gold Coast Indy carnival he was ensconced in pit lane.

Other journalistic and commentary credits include:

  • 3 years with the Macquarie Radio Network as a newsreader and sport reporter for Sydney stations 2GB and 2CH.
  • Reporting and presenting for Ten’s Sports Tonight program.
  • Studio host for world’s greatest motor race – the Indianapolis 500.
  • Host of the RedBull Air Race World Series in 2006 & '07.
  • Pool deck interviews for One's live coverage of the Aust. Swimming Championships.
  • Columnist for Motor magazine and Motor Racing Australia.
  • Presenter and lead commentator of V8 Supercars airing on channel Ten and Fox.

Rusty is an obvious tag but his friend and colleague, the late Barry Sheene, also coined the nickname ‘Thruster’ (V8 champ Russell Ingall was already called Rusty by most people in the paddock) and it stuck.

In 2009 Greg is also hosting ONE's coverage of the Australian Rally Championship, the forth coming World Rally Championship round in NSW. He also commentates the Australian Superbike Championship with good friend Daryl Beattie.

Greg will be heavily involved in the forthcoming Australian Formula One Grand Prix coverage.

Presentation Topics

  • Racing commentator
  • Motor sports
  • Master of ceremonies

Testimonials

"The Adelaide Convention Centre was packed for the annual Premier's Games Appeal Dinner, an important fundraiser supported by the South Australian Government. It's organised by the Quarter Club - a network of successful South Australian based business people and involves the sports industry and the business community. Rusty did a superb job on stage for our event held in the lead-up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He's an absolute pro and made the evening fun....he even wore a kilt for the occasion!"
General Manager, Network 10 SA & WA, Quarter Club Member

"We have used Rusty to co-compere our Champions dinner for selected guests in the lead-up to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and for corporate ride days. He's incredibly versatile and has the ability to move from important interviews to fun, engaging initiatives with our audience easily. He's a good operator and very easy to work with!"
Brand and Motorsports Manager, Honda Australia, Marketing Dept. Motorcycle Division

"Greg Rust, or 'Rusty' as everyone in motor sport knows him as, has been one of our 'go-to' people for CAMS' National and State awards nights in recent years. His approach to hosting these events is extremely professional and personable. He is warm and engaging, which always resonates with our members and CAMS award recipients. Above all else, he is passionate about our sport and that is always welcome here at CAMS, because we are motor sport."
Chief Executive Officer, Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS)

"Red Frogs is an internationally recognised student and university support network, most known for its work at Schoolies events nationally, that has been operating since 1997. Rusty was our Master of Ceremonies for two important fundraising initiatives. From conducting thought provoking interviews with guests, from all walks of life, to assisting our auctioneer... he was excellent!"
Sydney Gala Dinner Organiser, Red Frogs

"Over the years Greg has hosted and compered a wide variety of functions for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation from sponsor activation to fan engagement and event launches for both the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. He adapts with ease for each specific occasion, has a significant knowledge base, always adds a professional touch and personalises each situation. Rusty's a premium operator, a thorough professional and an excellent host and we wouldn't hesitate in using him for our next function."
General Manager Motorsport & Entertainment, Australian Grand Prix Corporation

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