Queen’s Formula Racing hit the track on for the first time since its launch at Queen’s University Belfast’s Lanyon Building on Monday. Wednesday’s track session at Nutts Corner Circuit allowed the team to finish the installation of the new car before allowing this year’s competition drivers to gain some seat time.
QFR had a successful day in the Northern Irish sun. As temperatures soared towards 30°C, QFR18 completed around 50 laps in its first full test session. The new car passed its brake test early in the day and ran smoothly for the remainder of the day. The only issue being an intermittent problem with the gear change mechanism.
It was the first time the competition drivers had a chance to test QFR18 around the Co. Antrim circuit. Sprint and endurance driver, Roger Dawson, opened the afternoon session with twelve runs around the circuit to get up to speed with the single-seater.
Roger has already competed at Silverstone, albeit in an MG MGB, so the 22-year-old was keen to see what it was like driving such a different car.
Jack Easson was the second driver to experience the handling of a Formula Student car. Like Roger, this is Jack’s first year with QFR so it was essential to get him used to the feel of QFR18. Jack produced some very promising times in his session completing over 30 laps.
Acceleration driver, Jack Wilson, finished off the day with some practice launches along Nutts Corner’s back-straight.
QFR18 ran without any sidepods throughout the day as the finishing pieces of the bodywork were being manufactured back at QFR’s workshop in Belfast.
All-in-all there were plenty of positives to take from QFR18’s first full test day. With all the drivers reporting positive feedback from the car’s handling, the team now has an opportunity to try and tweak QFR18’s set-up to an optimum level.
It is planned to run a few more test days over the next week before the car is shipped over to Silverstone for the Formula Student competition between 13-15 July.