Ahead of this weekend's Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, Pepsi Max Crew young gun Chaz Mostert returned to his roots today, visiting the student and staff at Beaudesert High School, where he spent his formative years.
Mostert was mobbed as he arrived at the school, with around 100 kids asking him questions about how he got his start in motorsport, and what coming from Beaudesert means to him.
He then toured the school's Automotive Trades Centre - a place close to Mostert's heart - that led him to undertaking an apprenticeship that ultimately culminated in his career as a V8 Supercars star.
Mostert said that he enjoyed chatting to the staff and students at his high school, and it was great to be back in Beaudesert for the day.
"It was a bit strange going back to my old high school as I spent so many years trying to get out of school!" Mostert said.
"Jokes aside, it was great to go back and meet kids that are committed to their education and also are considering working in the automotive field. I completed an apprenticeship myself and it was the key to ensuring I had something to fall back on if my driving didn't work out.
"The school has a great program in place for developing the future of automotive technicians but they also focus on such a broad range of fields. Visiting almost made we want to go back! Though I think after meeting so many smart kids I'll stick to driving."
Mostert earned his first V8 Supercars race win at Queensland Raceway in 2013, and believes the track will suit his new Ford Falcon FG X. He has predicted a strong showing from the Prodrive team at the 3.12km circuit and carries confidence from his recent results and previous form at the track.
The Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint is on this weekend, July 31 to August 2 at Queensland Raceway, Willowbank. Click here for more information on tickets and the broadcast.