Tomas Mezera

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Tomas Mezera
Nationality Australian
Born (1958-11-05) 5 November 1958 (age 56)
Czechoslovakia
Retired 2004
ATCC / V8 Supercar
Years active 1992-2004
Teams Peter Williamson Toyota
Tony Longhurst Racing
Perkins Engineering
Holden Racing Team
Daily Planet Racing
Gibson Motorsport
Tomas Mezera Motorsport
Brad Jones Racing
Romano Racing
Imrie Motor Sport
Paul Little Racing
Starts 67
Best finish 5th in 1995 Australian Touring Car Championship
Previous series
1982-85
1987
1988-89
1990
Australian Formula Ford
British Formula Ford
British Formula Three
All Japan Sports Prototype
Championship titles
1985
1988
Australian Formula Ford
Bathurst 1000

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.

Formula Racing[edit]

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[edit]

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 Sierras 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.

He retired from racing in 2004 and is now a Driving Standards Official for CAMS and V8 Supercars Australia


Career results[edit]

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The Ford Sierra Mezera drove to win 1988 Tooheys 1000
Season Series Position Car Team
1982 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 19th Carlboro - Ford Tomas Mezera Motorsport
1984 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 5th Reynard - Ford Dalcar Racing - David Haydon Motorsport
1985 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 1st Reynard FF83 - Ford [1] Dalcar Racing - David Haydon Motorsport
1987 British Formula Ford Championship 2nd Van Diemen RF97 Ford Van Diemen
1988 British Formula Three - National Class 12th Reynard 873 - Volkswagen Peter Lea Racing
1989 British Touring Car Championship 42nd Ford Sierra RS500 Team Labatt's
1990 Australian Endurance Championship 2nd Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV Perkins Engineering
1990 All Japan Sports Prototype Championship 18th Porsche 962C Team Schuppan
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 16th Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV Holden Racing Team
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Holden VP Commodore Holden Racing Team
1994 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Holden VP Commodore Holden Racing Team
1995 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden VR Commodore Holden Racing Team
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 21st Holden VS Commodore Challenge Motorsport
Gibson Motorsport
1998 ATCC Privateers Cup 2nd Holden VS Commodore Challenge Motorsport
1999 V8Supercar Championship Series 45th Holden VT Commodore Tomas Mezera Motorsport
2000 V8Supercar Championship Series 55th Holden VT Commodore Tomas Mezera Motorsport
2001 V8Supercar Championship Series 28th Holden VX Commodore Tomas Mezera Motorsport
Imrie Motor Sport
Holden Racing Team
2002 V8Supercar Championship Series 34th Holden VX Commodore Imrie Motor Sport
Holden Racing Team
2003 V8Supercar Championship Series 51st Holden VX Commodore Perkins Engineering
2004 V8Supercar Championship Series 37th Holden VY Commodore Paul Little Racing

Bathurst 1000 Results[edit]

Year Number Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
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
Perkins Engineering
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 Perkins Engineering Holden VX Commodore Paul Dumbrell 14th 155
2004 75 Paul Little Racing Holden VY Commodore Anthony Tratt 18th 157

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans Results[edit]

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Year Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1990 15 C1 55 Australia Team Schuppan
Australia Omron Racing
Sweden Eje Elgh
Sweden Thomas Danielsson
Porsche TS962 D 326
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reynard Owners Listings Retrieved on 24 August 2011
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ron Barnacle
Winner of the Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series
1985
Succeeded by
Warwick Rooklyn
Preceded by
Peter Brock
David Parsons
Peter McLeod
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1988
(with) Tony Longhurst
Succeeded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Preceded by
Winner of the Nissan Sydney 500
1990
(with) Larry Perkins
Succeeded by