A1 TEAM MALAYSIA MECHANIC HEADS TO THE UK TO START CAR BUILD A1 Team Malaysia is revving up for the new season with the new car "build" set to start next week. Malaysian mechanic, Shanker Ramachandran, will leave his idyllic island hideaway in...
A1 TEAM MALAYSIA MECHANIC HEADS TO THE UK TO START CAR BUILD
A1 Team Malaysia is revving up for the new season with the new car "build" set to start next week. Malaysian mechanic, Shanker Ramachandran, will leave his idyllic island hideaway in Penang on Sunday and will travel to the UK to start preparing for the new season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
Ramachandran has enjoyed relaxing at home in the break between seasons, but is keen to be back racing again next month. Before the first race in Mugello, Italy, in September, the 33 year-old and his colleagues need to have everything ready. Ramachandran will head to Bognor Regis in the South of England to start working alongside the other A1GP teams at the technical production facility there. With a new car being introduced for this season Ramachandran and mechanics from other teams will receive comprehensive training on the unique features of the new car.
This induction will be followed with a series of seminars at the A1GP Technical Centre at Silverstone Circuit, with mechanics from each of the nation's teams being given training in three aspects of the car; gearbox, electronics and parts maintenance, all of which are supplied by companies new to the Series and all of which have specific technical knowledge requirements.
The car "build" will continue for the following three weeks in preparation for the A1 Team Malaysia shakedown and first test session at Donington in the second week of September. Ramachandran will use this time to familiarise himself with the car and build his knowledge of all its component parts.
Ramachandran says of heading to the UK, "It seems so long since I was enjoying the frenetic, adrenalin-pumping pit lane in A1GP and I've really missed it. It's a much slower pace of life at home and as much as I love working on my new house and seeing my family, I'm addicted to A1 Team Malaysia and working on the car of our national team.
"I'm really looking forward to this season. The new car will present a new challenge on a number of different levels. There will be lots of new parts on the car and different procedures, so it'll be a learning curve for all of us, but I think there's always more to learn, so it's one of the attractions of working in motor racing. We're heading off to some new venues this season, so I'll visit countries that I haven't seen and I'll enjoy that as well. But above all this, I just love going racing!"
Ramachandran, one of three Malaysian nationals working trackside with A1 Team Malaysia has been with the team since the start of the Series.
A1 Team Malaysia will be back out on track at the first round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, in Mugello, Italy, from 19 -- 21 September.