Monash Motorsport racing towards prestigious European competitions
The Monash Motorsport team will soon be racing in Austria for the first time. Not content with eight consecutive Australian student racing championships, the team have shipped their racecar to Europe and will compete at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria from August 1-4.
Forty-two teams are confirmed to race in the Formula Student Austria race.
The Monash Motorsport team will be looking to improve on their recent performance at Silverstone in the Formula Student UK race, when a mechanical problem forced them off the track.
According to team leader Jenny Kwong, the team worked incredibly hard in the lead up to that event. We were able to dominate the static events, being the only team in both Cost and Design finals, as well as a top 10 result in the Business Presentation event. Although the car was not able to finish the endurance event, we were still able to place 27th out of 140 teams,” she said.
Had the vehicle not encountered a drive shaft failure, the team could have equalled their 2014 result, when they placed 5th overall at Formula Student UK.
Sam Hughes, the team’s chief engineer is enthusiastic about the next few days. “We have been testing and developing the car every day following FSUK alongside our German hosts, Rennteam Stuttgart. We have seen significant improvements in car and driver performance, and we’re eager to see how we compare to the competition at the Bosch practice event this weekend before the Austria competition,” he said.
Following the Austrian event, the team will head to Germany to race in the prestigious Formula Student Germany race at the Hockenheim ring. They’ll be up against 75 of the best student teams from around the world.
Monash Motorsport have a good understanding of the task ahead of them, given their experience competing in Europe in 2014. On that tour, the team acheived excellent scores in the static events but came just 700 heartbreaking metres short of completing the endurance race at Formula Student Germany, which left them in 19th place.
“We are all looking forward to competing at FSA and FSG where we are hoping for top 5 finishes,” Jenny said.