For almost a decade Greg Rust was the face and voice synonymous with Formula One and MotoGP in Australia. The front man for Channel 10's coverage also played an integral role in its Logie award winning Bathurst broadcasts in the years prior to that. Recently he returned to V8 Supercars as anchor/play-by-play caller for the category on Fox Sports, Ten and networks around the world.
While he genuinely loves all forms of motor sport Greg has proven himself to be one of the most versatile broadcasters in the country earning frontline roles on the Sochi Winter Olympic coverage and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He also fronted the World Road Cycling and the World Sailing Championships too.
Originally trained at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and by legendary announcer Max Rowley, he cut his teeth working at events on the PA to begin with. Then a reporting opportunity with Sydney radio station 2GB really honed his craft. By the end of his three-year tenure he was daytime newsreader.
Greg's first TV role was as a commentator on the long running 'Speedweek' program on SBS before getting a big break with Channel 9 calling the support races at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. This experience helped him land a host and commentary role on the Australian Super Touring Championship and so began a wonderful chapter with Ten.
His pit reporting is world class and for the years that followed he was ensconced in pit lane at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, Champcar's Gold Coast Indy Carnival and for the V8 Supercars Championship Series.
Live coverage of events, stories and documentaries has taken him all round the world to some of the most famous racetracks. From Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mario Andretti, Will Ferrell to Valentino Rossi and Nicolas Cage to the late Peter Brock, Greg has interviewed them all and many more.
'Rusty' is an obvious tag but his friend and colleague, the late Barry Sheene, also coined the nickname 'Thrusta' (V8 champ Russell Ingall was already called Rusty by most people in the paddock) and it stuck.
Other journalistic and commentary credits include:
- Live crosses for news/current affairs show 'the Project' – Ten.
- Guest panellist for daytime talk show 'Studio 10'.
- Reporting and presenting for Ten's 'Sports Tonight'.
- Studio host for the world's greatest motor race – the Indianapolis 500.
- Host of the Red Bull Air Race World Series – Ten.
- The voice of the Australian Rally Championship.
- Pool deck interviews for the Aust. Swimming Championships - One.
- Anchor commentator for the world's largest fun run – the City to Surf.
- Compere for Superboxer and Johnny Lewis Boxing Classics.
- Relief host on 'The Stick Shift' motoring show – Triple M.
- Motorsport correspondent – Triple M's Dead Set Legends.
- Columnist for Motor magazine and CarSales.com.au