5 November 1958 |
|ATCC / V8 Supercar|
|Teams||Holden Racing Team
Gibson Motor Sport
Tomas Mezera Motorsport
Imrie Motor Sport
Paul Little Racing
|Best finish||5th in 1995 Australian Touring Car Championship|
|Australian Formula Ford
British Formula Ford
British Formula Three
All Japan Sports Prototype
|Australian Formula Ford
Tomas Mezera (born 5 November 1958, in Czechoslovakia) is a naturalised Australian racing driver. Mezera won the 1988 Bathurst 1000, and for many years was a member of the Holden Racing Team as both a driver and team manager. Mezera's sporting career began as a downhill skier in his native Czechoslovakia, before he emigrated to Australia to be a ski instructor. Mezera retired from racing in 2004 but continues to hold roles in motorsport, most recently as a driving standards advisor to several domestic motor racing championships.
He quickly was introduced to racing and joined the ranks of Formula Ford in 1982. In November 1983 he was offered a drive for the 1984 FF season in a Reynard FF83, after being spotted by David Haydon of Dalcar Industries. Mezera finished 5th in the 1984 Driver to Europe series, and in 1985 he had won the TAA Driver to Europe series driving the Dalcar Reynard FF83 prepared by esteemed motorsport enthusiast and team owner David Haydon (with engines supplied by the Frank Gardner run JPS Team BMW). In 1987 he returned to Europe and the British Formula Ford Championship, finishing second. He had two poor years in British Formula Three compromised by lack of budget. He found work as driving instructor to stay in Europe with hopes of reaching his goal as a professional in Europe.
Touring / Sports Cars
This led to racing a Porsche 956 for fellow Aussie Vern Schuppan in the Japanese GT series and a drive in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990. He had five races in the British Touring car Championship in 1989 and 1990 with two podiums.
During 1988 while working as a driving instructor in England, Mezera was able to secure much needed parts for the Ford Sierra RS500 Group A touring car team run by Frank Gardner and Tony Longhurst. As it was Gardner's protest at Bathurst in 1987 that had led to the disqualification of Ford Europe supported Eggenberger Motorsport Sierra's and caused them to lose the 1987 World Touring Car Championship to BMW, Ford did not want to supply parts to Tony Longhurst Racing team manager Gardner, and Mezera was asked to buy the needed parts for the team. As a reward Mezera was given the job of Longhurst's co-driver for the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 races.
The pair won the jewel in the crown, the 1988 Tooheys 1000 in their Benson & Hedges backed Ford Sierra RS500, with Mezera driving the car across the finish line. He then returned to Europe to continue his pursuit of racing professionally overseas, returning to Australia for the endurance season, racing for the Holden Racing Team or for Perkins Engineering. He finished third with Larry Perkins in the 1990 Bathurst 1000, and the pair won the 1990 Nissan Sydney 500 at Eastern Creek Raceway.
When Win Percy returned to England after the 1991 season, Mezera was asked by Tom Walkinshaw to replace Percy as the manager of Holden Racing Team, a job he continued in for two seasons. It was Mezera who put HRT on the path to what it became in the late 90's and it could be said that much of HRT's success in 1996 could be linked to what Mezera had brought to the team in the previous couple of seasons.
Mezera was actually the first pole sitter when the ATCC became what we know today as V8 Supercars in 1993 at Sydney's tight Amaroo Park circuit. He continued to race for HRT as team mate to Peter Brock until the end of the 1995 season before being replaced by Craig Lowndes. His full-time racing career wound down at that point although he continued to get drives as a hired gun for many Holden teams before starting his own team in 1998.
In 2001 he made a return to the Holden Racing Team as an endurance driver and finished third in the 2002 Bathurst 1000 and fourth at the Queensland 500 showing all those around him he still had what it takes to be a leading driver.
Bathurst 1000 Results
|1985||44||Peter Williamson Toyota||Toyota Celica Supra||Peter Williamson||DNF||32|
|1988||25||Benson & Hedges Racing||Ford Sierra RS500||Tony Longhurst||1st||161|
|1989||16||Holden Racing Team||Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV||Larry Perkins||6th||158|
|1990||11||Perkins Engineering||Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV||Larry Perkins||3rd||161|
|1991||11||Mobil 1 Racing
|Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV||Larry Perkins||DNF||65|
|1992||15||Holden Racing Team||Holden VP Commodore||Brad Jones||15||131|
|1993||15||Holden Racing Team||Holden VP Commodore||Win Percy||DNF||107|
|1994||05||Holden Racing Team||Holden VP Commodore||Peter Brock||DNF||138|
|1995||05||Holden Racing Team||Holden VR Commodore||Peter Brock||DNF||32|
|1996||05||Holden Racing Team||Holden VR Commodore||Peter Brock||5th||160|
|1997||47||CDB Bottle Magic||Holden VS Commodore||John Trimbole||DNF||25|
|1998||32||Tomas Mezera Motorsport||Holden VT Commodore||Alain Menu||DNF||0|
|1999||32||Tomas Mezera Motorsport||Holden VT Commodore||Tony Ricciardello||DNF||41|
|2000||21||Brad Jones Racing||Ford AU Falcon||Brad Jones||DNF||159|
|2001||2||Holden Racing Team||Holden VX Commodore||Jason Bright||DNF||126|
|2002||2||Holden Racing Team||Holden VX Commodore||Jason Bright||3rd||161|
|2003||8||Castrol Perkins Racing||Holden VX Commodore||Paul Dumbrell||14th||155|
|2004||75||Toll Racing||Holden VY Commodore||Anthony Tratt||18th||157|
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans Results
Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).
|1990||15||C1||55|| Team Schuppan
| Eje Elgh
|Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6|
- Reynard Owners Listings Retrieved on 24 August 2011
|Winner of the Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series
|Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with) Tony Longhurst
||Winner of the Nissan Sydney 500
(with) Larry Perkins