Engineering at USQ Returns to the Track to support Nathan Assaillit

Engineering at USQ Returns to the Track to support Nathan Assaillit

20.12.2012: USQ Engineering will return to the track in 2012 supporting Nathan Assaillit as he takes on the 2013 Kumho V8 Australian Touring

USQ Engineering will return to the track in 2012 supporting Nathan Assaillit as he takes on the 2013 Kumho V8 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Nathan is trying to realise his dream of racing V8 Supercars while completing his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at the University of Southern Queensland.

In an extraordinary display of confidence in both Assaillit’s abilities on track and in the classroom, USQ Engineering will be supporting him during the 2013 season.

‘I am very excited and I have USQ Engineering supporting me for the 2013 V8 Touring Car Championship,’ Mr Assaillit said.

‘I will be competing in a new BF Falcon – which is the latest eligible model for the V8 Touring Car Series – and it will be a great looking car – emblazoned with the golden Phoenix.’

‘It will be great to get in a newer car and we’ll definitely be looking to win some races.’

‘Of course I will be doing this alongside my academic side at USQ.  I’ll be putting in the hard work!’

Nathan competed in selected rounds of the 2012 Australian Touring Car Championship with support from the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying and this relationship has expanded to allow for a full season tilt at the title.

Professor Frank Bullen, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Surveying said that the Faculty was proud to support one of its own students in this way.

‘Nathan has proven to be a great student and he certainly is a talented racer and we look forward to a successful year together, both at USQ and on the track,’ Professor Bullen said.

Assaillit will continue his study at USQ under the Elite Athlete Program that makes provisions for athletes in competition.

He joins the likes of Australian Test Cricket player Shane Watson and is honoured to share the program with such illustrious names.

The 2012 Kumho V8 Touring Car Championship commences at Sydney Motorsports Park in March.  Assaillit’s home race at Queensland Raceway will occur on August 2-4 2013.

The full 2013 V8 Touring Car Championship calendar

Rd 1 – Sydney Motorsports Park, NSW - March 22 - 24

Rd 2 - Mallala, SA - April 19 - 21

Rd 3 - Winton, QLD - June 21 - 23

Rd 4 - QLD Raceway, QLD - August 2 - 4

Rd 5 - Phillip Island, VIC - September 20 - 22

Rd 6 - Sandown Raceway, VIC - Nov 15 – 17

Samuel Tickell,  also photos


20.12.2012 / MaP

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