17 July 2012

Oxford Brookes University supports the UK-based Formula BMW / InterSteps Championship

Oxford Brookes University is supporting the Telmex 5 car in the UK based Formula BMW / InterSteps Championship. The championship is organised by the British Automobile Racing Club and is aimed at aspiring young drivers aged 16 – 19.

InterSteps Championship provides a bridge between kart racing and other national single seater series. The series races at top UK circuits which offer drivers the experience to develop their skills, techniques and race craft knowledge.

Rodrigo Loyo Guiot, a student studying within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Brookes, has formed the Mexican Telmex squad. The driver Franco Aragones, is a promising young man supported by Escuderia Telmex.

This is the same junior driver program that propelled Sergio Perez into Formula One. Telmex are also premium partners of the Sauber Formula One Team.

Rodrigo has plenty of experience in motorsport, from NASCAR to World Series by Renault 3.5 and is currently participating in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup as a Race and Data Engineer. Rodrigo commented, "Studying at Oxford Brookes has opened doors for me within my career and it is a dream come true to see Franco racing here in the UK. I am delighted to see the Oxford Brookes University logo on Franco's car, I am sure he will do his best to represent and win races for the University and his sponsors."

Dr Gareth Neighbour, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, commented on the driver / engineer pairing, "Keep an eye on this young team, they work hard together and I would not be surprised to see them working together in Formula One, which is their ultimate goal. I am pleased to support Rodrigo who is a very promising student and we are all very excited to follow his success."

The team are currently racing at Snetterton, one race this Saturday and two races on Sunday. Weather conditions are not the best however they are hoping to get good results and in two weeks time will be heading to Thruxton.