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August 18, 2011
With PLTOFF Paul
Gardner behind the
wheel and, from left,
Kilkenny and FLTLT
in support, final
checks are made at
LCPL Mark Doran
WITH a finish in the top 15 in sight,
misfortune struck with just six laps to go
in the final endurance event for the Uni-
versity of NSW Academy Racing Team
at the Formula Student UK 2011 from
July 14 to 17.
Suspected engine or gearbox failure
forced the team to withdraw for safety
reasons at the Silverstone Circuit.
Academy Racing placed 30th in the
largest student motorsport competition
in the world, which was attended by
close to 2300 students in 125 teams
from 34 countries.
Formula Student UK challenges
university students from around the
world to design and build a single-seat
F1-style racing car, which is then put to
The cars are judged on their speed,
acceleration, handling and endurance,
while the teams are tested on their
design, costing and business presenta-
Academy Racing Team captain and
2011 project manager PLTOFF Alistair
Weir said the team did well and the car
placed well in the static events.
"We didn't have any problems
with the technical aspects of the car,"
PLTOFF Weir said.
"We made the finals for the design
event and were sixth overall, 25th for
the cost event, 35th in business event
and in the top 20 for presentation
"The endurance event was for 22
laps of 1km with 11 laps for each driver
in typically English pouring rain, which
limited how competitive we could be.
"It was disappointing when the car
failed because we did not score points
for the endurance and fuel economy
events, though we did finish skid pad
with 16th, acceleration 17th and auto-
"Competing at an international level
gave us experiences which should carry
over and help us with our future results
in Australia and we will also be able to
share that knowledge with the rest of
the team in Australia."
Academy Racing's next step will be
to dismantle the car and find out what
went wrong in England before prepar-
ing for the Australian competition at
Victoria University in December.
The University of Stuttgart won
Formula Student UK 2011.
FINE TUNING: PLTOFF Alistair
Weir, left, and OFFCDT Max
Jeffries work on the car.
works on the
car in the
THE TEAM THAT
CAPT Matthew Grieshaber
FLTLT Michael Olsen, Dr
Warren Smith (faculty
adviser), PLTOFF Alistair
Weir (team leader and
project manager), PLTOFF
Paul Gardner, OCDT Ben
Bonnell, OFFCDT Brodie
Kilkenny, OFFCDT Max
Jeffries, OFFCDT Piotr
Gluchowski, OFFCDT Ash
Waight, Lorin Coutts-
IF YOU'RE interested in volleyball,
RAAF Base Amberley will be the place
to be on September 2.
The southern Queensland inter-ser-
vice titles will be held there that day.
Want more? Well, be back at the
same venue from November 11 to 21
for the national ADF titles.
One person who can't wait is LACW
Kathleen Sharpe. That's her on the
back page competing in the women's
volleyball at the Arafura Games in
May -- where she was adjudged Most
Valuable Player in the competition.
For more information about the titles,
contact CPL Peter Booth at peter.
Amberley's feast of volleyball
FINE TUNING: PLTOFF Alistair
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