Following a successful event at Silverstone, the University of Hertfordshire's Formula Student team, UH racing, transported this years entrant, the UH16, to another classic motor racing circuit to compete in the final round of this year's competition. Their destination, and the host of Formula Student Germany: The historic Hockenheimring. A track steeped in so much history and motor racing heritage made it the perfect setting for UH Racing to continue to establish their own flourishing legacy. A legacy growing due to the consistent design and manufacture of competitive cars over sixteen years, proved again at this year's event at Hockenheim in which they successfully defended their title as the top Formula Student team in the UK for the fourth year running.
Starting the competition positively in the static events, UH Racing came fourteenth in the cost event, seventeenth in design and thirty fifth in business. The favourable start continued through the dynamic events resulting in thirteenth in skid pad, third in acceleration and eleventh in sprint. By far the most heavily weighted in terms of points is the endurance event. After not being able to go the distance in this event at Silverstone, that disappointment was overcome in Germany with a fabulous tenth place finish, despite the car overheating due to a collision with a cone on track.
In addition to the accolade of being the leading team in the UK, the performances of UH Racing at Hockenheim secured tenth place overall out of a hundred world wide competitors, and leaves them an impressive twenty third in the world from over five hundred teams. Howard Ash, Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire acknowledged the efforts of the whole team in achieving this success,
“It is a great achievement for the students to say they are the highest ranking UK team. I give merit to everyone involved, it really is a true testament to the excellent work we do here and showcases the best of UK student talent.”
The success of UH Racing continues to grow, as does their heritage. This year's competition has seen another crop of talented engineering students hone and develop their skills ready for life in the real world of motor sport engineering. With success like that achieved this year, the prospects in the motor sport industry look positive for this year's graduates. The world of Formula One could be waiting...