Monash Industrial Design student and rising star Tom Grech has secured his first taste of championship glory, taking out the 2013 Victorian Formula Ford Championship honours recently.
Tom, who is currently in the third year of his Bachelor of Art & Design (Industrial Design) at Monash University’s Caulfield campus, closed the racing season in Phillip Island with a challenging yet promising performance.
Monash Motorsport’s M12 car
Having entered the final round just a couple of points off the title lead, the young gun bounced back from an early upset to return to his place in the top 10, enough to see him take the title. The Monash Industrial Design student said taking the championship victory was an “awesome reward” for all of the hard work that his team has put forth this year.
“It’s been a huge season of learning, and I know that I still have a long way to go but that’s what I’m looking forward to. The goal this year was to focus on improving my driving and bank consistent points. We’ve achieved both and we’ve got the championship to show for it,” the Monash Industrial Design student said.
With Tom one of the star drivers for Victorian based outfit, Borland Racing Developments, the morale, knowledge, support and shared determination of the team is what Tom attributes his successes to.
“The championship win reflects how well the guys at Borland Racing Developments prepared my car. It’s been perfect to drive all year,” Tom said.
Tom’s season has shown impressive speed, stand out race craft and an unquestionable determination to succeed on and off the track. With the support of his committed partners and sponsors, there is a great vibe of confidence that Tom is ready to step it up and take on the next challenge that lies ahead in the competitive Australian motor sport arena.
Tom is proudly supported by Death Spray Custom, Borland Racing Developments, Kings Fibreglass, Castrol Edgy, Hyper Stimulators and ssMedia.
Industrial designers are responsible for the design of a range of consumer and industrial products, from furniture and domestic appliances, to specialized medical and scientific equipment, packaging, safety devices, industrial machinery and transport vehicles.
From getting up in the morning to going to bed in the evening almost everything that fills the day has been designed in someway. And every object tells a story of the decisions made, implied meanings and considerations. Industrial designers are responsible for creating that story when they strive to make beautiful and functional objects.
Industrial design is constantly evolving and concerns itself with the improvement of humanity, adding value to our culture and contributing to our economy. From very large projects, to very small consumer items, the job of an industrial designer is to create a product that simultaneously achieves functional and aesthetic goals. In designing these new products, they must consider issues of usability, innovation, materials and manufacturing.
Designers tend to have an enquiring mind and ask themselves how things could be improved. They are inventive and don’t assume that the way things are today is only way they can be. Good industrial designers are naturally creative and express themselves through drawing and making. They have the ability to work with ambiguity, think ‘laterally’ and exercise a great deal of initiative.
Monash Motorsport is a FSAE team from Monash University, Melbourne. The team started with humble beginnings in 2000, where the current Academic Advisor, Dr Scott Wordley, helped organize the first Australasian competition. With approximately 25 senior members, and 25 recruits every year, the team comprises of business, industrial design, science and engineering students across a multitude of majors and disciplines.
Following a successful bout of events, the team put together the car known today as the M12, which went on to win the Australasian Championship for the fourth consecutive year, where it set a world record skidpad run. These consistent achievements over the last few years have resulted in Monash Motorsport’s current world ranking of second out of 511 teams.