Following the excitement of finding WR3 alive and well at the Monash workshop, we left Clayton Campus early Sunday evening to get some well needed sleep.
We started early Monday morning to shake-down WR3 ready for testing on Tuesday at Bosch at the AARC in Anglesea. We got her up and running, had a quick Skype call with the team back home, and made sure we were ready for the following day.
Our test-day at Bosch was brilliant.
We were hosted by Damon Fuller, a Formula Student veteran and fellow Brit who competed at Formula Student UK and Formula SAE-Australasia in 2004 with the University of Birmingham team alongside Monash.
Getting WR3 out on the track was great and she ran better than ever! We had some niggling issues, but they were all fixable and we had a really productive day of testing. Working alongside the Monash guys was a lot of fun and I'm so glad they also had a generally successful test day.
Alongside testing, we saw some kangaroos (one for the bucket list) and drove an old Holden Commodore around the proving ground with and without active control systems. To quote DP:
'Car + Gravel - Traction Control = Immense Fun.'
Upon leaving Bosch, a few of us went to the beach and had fish and chips for dinner before heading back to Monash to unload. I didn't believe the Monash guys when they said fish and chips were better in Australia than they are in the UK, but turns out they're right!
Back at Monash, the guys unloaded the car while I met with AV Services at Warwick to discuss the upcoming video link for the Monash-Warwick Launch and Welcome event in a couple of days.
With over 150 people due to attend, including Andrew Coats, the top-dog of the Monash-Warwick Alliance, the pressure is definitely on to impress on a global scale. Taking WR3 to Anglesea on a 'ute' down gravelly roads 2 days before she is officially 'launched' in Australia probably wasn't our brightest idea.
Time to clean her up!