Growing up next door to the Albert Park grand prix circuit gave Dylan Young quite some drive.
Now racing against the likes of Michael Schumacher’s son Mick in formula three, the 27-year-old from Hawthorn is revved to move up the grid.
What’s the buzz?
Dylan is one of only a handful of Australian racing car drivers competing internationally on the established pathway to formula one.
Earlier this year he signed with Stride Sports Management as the agency’s only motor sport talent in a field of cricketing, football, netball and Olympic stars. He has been described as “going places” by leading sports commentators.
In the beginning …
Dylan was six when he perched on dad Greg’s shoulders to watch his first grand prix.
The noise gave him an earache, but he was instantly hooked on racing, starting out with go karts, then moving into open wheel racing in 2010.
The big break …
When he finished seventh in the 2013-14 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship, it made people take notice.
After constantly battling budget issues that have never been a problem for the European frontrunners, Dylan showed he could mix it with the world’s best given proper support.
He has funded his ambitions by selling shares in his future, gathering a team of investors who own a share of his earnings for the duration of his career.
Where to now?
Dylan has had offers from several teams to compete in the 2017 GP3 Series – the springboard for many F1 drivers.
The best part of success?
Knowing how hard I’ve had to slog it out behind the scenes just so I can fire up the engine. It’s really a team effort though.
If I could do it all again …
I would have developed an investment structure sooner for individuals to buy into my future earnings. It can accelerate the journey to F1.
Look out for …
Dylan on the international motor sport scene in round two of the formula three MRF Challenge at the Dubai International circuit on December 8.