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Greg Rust

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Gregory Rust
Born Gregory Rust
(1970-07-19) 19 July 1970 (age 46)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Employer V8 Supercars Media
Fox Sports

Gregory "Greg" Rust (born 19 July 1970 in Sydney) is an Australian motor racing presenter and commentator for the V8 Supercars championship. He has previously worked for Network Ten, the Nine Network[1] and the Special Broadcasting Service[1] (SBS) as a freelance commentator/reporter/presenter, mainly covering motor racing.

He is colloquially known as "Rusty" or "Thrusta"[2] (a nickname given to him by the late Barry Sheene a former World Motorcycle Champion and Network Ten colleague).[3]

Radio career[edit]

Rust worked for three years with the Macquarie Radio Network stations 2GB and 2CH in Sydney initially as a sport reporter and later became a daytime news reader.[3]

Television career[edit]

Early years[edit]

After cutting his teeth with SBS motorsport program Speedweek, Rust was drafted into Channel 9's commentary team for the final Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Eastern Creek Raceway in 1996. He called the support races with 1980 Formula One World Champion Alan Jones.

Network Ten[edit]

In 1997 he was hired by Ten to host the Australian Super Touring Championship for 2-litre Touring Cars - a position previously held by his close friend Leigh Diffey, who had moved on to Network Ten's V8 Supercar coverage. Rust commentated the Australian Super Touring Championship for 2 years before starting work as V8 pit reporter late in 1998. He was a part of Ten's V8 coverage for almost 10 years - even hosting and anchoring the commentary on occasions. During this period the station won numerous Logie Awards for its broadcast of the famous Bathurst 1000 and Rust developed a reputation as a pit specialist also working on the Gold Coast Indy 300 and the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Despite an offer to join the Seven Network in 2007, Rust stayed with Ten to front the station's MotoGP and F1 broadcasts and its long running magazine motorsport show RPM. He also hosted and commentated Ten's coverage of the Red Bull Air Race series.

Rust also worked on One's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics.[4] and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games [5]

V8 Media and Fox Sports[edit]

In 2015, the V8 Supercars television rights moved to a shared broadcast between Fox Sports and Network Ten.[6] The broadcast shared a common commentary team, produced by V8 Supercars Media and headed up by Rust and Neil Crompton.[7] Rust also began hosting Fox Sports’ new V8 Supercars panel series ‘’Inside Supercars’’.[8] He fronts the coverage for various international networks and in 2016 made a return to pit reporting for the races.[9] He commentates the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series with four time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy.

Personal life[edit]

Born into a family with a genuine love for all forms of motorsport, he was a regular at the Sydney Showground Speedway as a child, and competed as an amateur racer who started out in karts. In his late teens and early twenties, Rust enjoyed some class wins as a driver in rallysprints and khana-crosses. He has also driven V8 Supercars, Formula Holden, Formula Ford, Toyota Racing Series and Speedcars/Midgets for story research.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Greg Rust Media Bio". Smart Talk Promotions. 
  2. ^ "About". Greg Rust. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Greg Rust Bio on Network Ten". Network Ten. 
  4. ^ Channel 10 promises more than 500 hours of Sochi Winter Olympics coverage, News.com.au 30 October 2013
  5. ^ "Commonwealth Games". Irun.org.au. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  6. ^ "V8 Supercars signs $241m media rights deal with FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and Ten Network from 2015". Fox Sports Australia. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "V8 Supercars commentary team revealed". V8Supercars.com.au. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Inside Supercars debuts this evening". V8 Supercars. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mark Skaife joins V8 Supercars commentary line-up". Supercars. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 

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Preceded by
Bill Woods
RPM (TV series)
Host

2007-08, 2011
Succeeded by
Matthew White
Preceded by
program started
Inside Supercars
Host

2015–
Succeeded by
incumbent