Porsche chief driving instructor Tomas Mezera reunited with the Porsche 962C at Queensland RacewayMezera to re-live one of his greatest thrills
Porsche Sport Driving School chief instructor and former Bathurst 1000 winner Tomas Mezera will be reunited with the slick Porsche racing car that gave him the biggest thrills in his professional motorsport career.
Mezera, 52, will drive the legendary Le Mans winning Porsche 962C at the Shannons Sports & Muscle Car Spectacular at Queensland Raceway on June 25-26 as part of Porsche Cars Australia’s (PCA) 60 Years in Australia celebration.
The two-day event will feature three cars from Porsche’s ‘Museum on Wheels’ as well as a Porsche feature race among its on-track entertainment.
The Czech-born Mezera raced a Porsche 962C throughout the 1990 season, contesting the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship with Team Schuppan.
Mezera also raced a Porsche 962C in the iconic 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans event alongside Eje Elgh and Tomas Daniellson, finishing 15th.
Mezera has a long-standing relationship with Porsche, working at Porsche Cars Australia’s advanced driver training program, the Porsche Sports Driving School, since 1997, and serving as chief driving instructor since 2006.
“I’m quite excited to be able to step back into the Porsche 962C. It was always an amazing racecar to drive and provided some of the highlights of my racing career,” said Mezera.
“The Porsche 962C is definitely the fastest car I have ever driven. Nudging 375 km/h at Le Mans in the middle of the night, three times per lap, is an experience that will stay with me forever.”
Mezera, winner of the 1988 Bathurst 1000 and third-place finisher in 1990, added it was easier stepping into a V8 Supercar after reaching speeds close to 400 km/h in the iconic Porsche.
“It is hard to compare the Porsche 962C to a V8 Supercar because it is a purpose-built racecar. In 1990, I also did three long distance races in a Holden V8 Supercar and I remember it was always easier to jump into a Holden after racing the previous weekend in a 962C. It was definitely harder going the other way because everything was happening much quicker in the Porsche.”
In addition to the Porsche 962C, other ‘Museum on Wheels’ cars at the event include the long tail Porsche 935, dubbed ‘Moby Dick’, and iconic 2003 Porsche Carrera GT.