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Austin O’Brien

Motorsports Engineering

Austin graduated in 2012 with a BEng (Hons) in Motorsports Engineering.

During his time at UCLan, he participated in all of the programmes that Motorsport Engineering had to offer, including Motorsports Club and Formula Student. Both of which helped to enhance his degree and develop his contacts and skills.

Austin decided during his degree to push himself as hard as possible to ensure he extracted the most out of his time at UCLan.

He said: “I received outstanding support both from my lectures, peers and the facilities. I found that if you want something hard enough and have the right amount of passion and dedication, anything is possible; especially at UCLan. There is no such thing as a ‘NO’ answer.”

Throughout his studies Austin worked in various job roles from mechanic to data engineer. He also worked as a race engineer in many different championships; from karting and Formula Ford to World Series by Renault 3.5.

Reflecting on his time at the University, Austin commented: “UCLan was not just my stepping stone into the motorsport industry, it was my pathway. “Your time there is precious, and if I could do it all over again I would.”

Since graduating from UCLan, Austin has been working in the GP3 Series as a race engineer, winning the 2012 Drivers’ Championship with MW Arden. He is also currently working as a performance engineer in the GP2 Series with the same team where he is in charge of the performance of a GP3 car and driver during the Grand Prix. His current job entails a lot of mathematical calculations which cross over from his time at UCLan. Austin’s aim is to progress into Formula 1 within the next two years.