Grove’s rising star

Ocean Grove''s Zac Soutar (front) is making a name for himself in the field of motor sport.

Rising Ocean Grove motorsport star Zac Soutar has claimed 3rd place overall in this year’s Australian Formula Ford Championship.

The 21 year old has had a breakthrough season in Australia’s premiere junior motorsport category, with the highlight being both a race and round win at Sandown International Raceway earlier in the year.

Further podium results at Queensland Raceway, The Bend Motorsport Park and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit assisted Zac in securing the impressive overall championship finish.

What makes Zac’s achievements even more outstanding, is the fact that he competes as a privateer entry in his own, family-run team, racing against a long list of experienced, professional Formula Ford teams in fields of up to 30 cars.

By virtue of being the highest placed privateer in this year’s National Championship point standings, Zac has also been honoured with the Privateers Cup award, capping off a season to remember for both team and driver.

“I’m absolutely stoked” said Soutar.

“We definitely didn’t expect to be in the top three of the championship at the start of the year, so to come away with this kind of resultas the small, family-run team we are, is fantastic.

“So much hard work and sacrifice has gone into making this year possible, and I can’t thank my family, friends and sponsors enough for their support.”

When quizzed about his motorsport plans for the future, Soutar said his ultimate goal would be to race cars on a professional level.

“The dream is definitely to become a professional racing car driver,” he said.

“I’ve always had a passion for categories such as the Supercars Championship and the Porsche Carrera Cup here in Australia.

“I would definitely love to try my hand at something like that given the opportunity. In saying this, the world of professional motorsport is a hard one to break in to, but I will, without a doubt, be giving it my best shot.”

Zac will be taking part in this year’s edition of the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival over the weekend.

Throughout this weekend, he plans to have the Formula Ford on display across both days of the event, along with competing in the Waterfront’s Quarter Mile Sprint. 

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