Life in the Fast­lane

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

DIANELLA res­i­dent Bai­ley Grech has set his sights on win­ning the 2018 na­tional For­mula Ford cham­pi­onships ti­tle after clinch­ing the state cham­pi­onships in his de­but sea­son. The 16-year-old hopes to fol­low in the foot­steps of his Fast­lane Rac­ing club’s grad­u­ates, 2007 V8 Su­per­cars cham­pion Garth Tan­der and For­mula One star Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, by com­pet­ing among the world’s best in motorsport.

A DIANELLA teenager, who won the 2017 WA For­mula Ford Cham­pi­onships in his rookie sea­son, will race along­side Aus­tralia’s best driv­ers at the Phillip Is­land Grand Prix Cir­cuit in Vic­to­ria this month.

Bai­ley Grech (16), who races for Fast­lane Rac­ing at Barba­gallo Race­way, won nine races straight on the way to be­ing crowned state cham­pion last month.

The St An­drew’s Gram­mar stu­dent pre­vi­ously won a Fast­lane Rac­ing meet in Septem­ber.

Grech said it felt good to achieve his short-term goal of win­ning the cham­pi­onships after start­ing com­pet­i­tive For­mula Ford rac­ing this year.

“Ever since 2011, we did some in­door cars and we re­ally liked it, so my dad ad­vised me and my brother to start For­mula Ford,” he said.

“My long-term goal is prob­a­bly to do next year’s (WA For­mula Ford Cham­pi­onships) and try to win the na­tional se­ries.”

Grech said he was look­ing for­ward to trav­el­ling to Phillip Is­land for a race meet on Novem­ber 22.

“It is go­ing to be very good be­cause the track is quite dif­fer­ent than the one we have over here so the car is a lot faster,” he said.

“There will be quite a lot of dif­fer­ent driv­ers who did the na­tional se­ries and I will be able to meet them.”

Grech, who idolises Fast­lane Rac­ing grad­u­ates 2007 V8 Su­per­cars cham­pion Garth Tan­der and For­mula One star Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, said he en­joyed get­ting a “big adrenalin rush” of rac­ing at high speeds next to other cars.

“My dream is to be­come a su­per­car driver,” he said. “You have to do a lot to achieve that, so it is my ab­so­lute long-term (goal).”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475964

Bai­ley Grech and his For­mula Ford.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475964

Bai­ley Grech is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of a Fast­lane meet on Vic­to­ria’s Phillip Is­land.

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