Join the Oxford Brookes Racing team

Prescott Campbell stood beside an OBR racecar.

The Team Lead of Oxford Brookes Racing shares his ambitions for the upcoming season, and how you can get involved in the University’s award-winning student racing team.

Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR) was founded in 1999 and is the most successful UK team in the history of Formula Student.

The Team Lead, third-year Motorsport Engineering student Prescott Campbell, told us about the team’s ambitions for the upcoming season, and how students from any course can get involved.

What is Formula Student and what are your ambitions for the team this season?

“Formula Student is an engineering competition for students from universities across the world, held annually at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit. Competing teams design, build, test and race their own cars. This year the competition takes place from 17 to 21 July, and cars will be judged across the weekend on design, performance and endurance.

“Last year, at the 25th annual Formula Student competition, we finished third place overall and brought home eight trophies. This year our goal is to win the competition outright.

“We will also be competing in Formula Student Czech Republic this year, which takes place from 5 to 10 August.”

What are the benefits of being a member of OBR?

“Members of OBR have a competitive advantage when applying for placements and graduate roles because of the practical experience they gain, whilst having the opportunity to solve real problems. As part of the team, students are involved at every stage, from the concept and design of parts, to the manufacturing and assembly of the car. This is invaluable for gaining a perspective into the roles of machinists, technicians and mechanics and allows team members to become well-rounded engineers for their future careers in the motorsport industry.”

Who can get involved with OBR and how can they join the team?

“There are no experience-based barriers for anyone wishing to become a part of the team and learn. Any student from any course, not just engineering, can join OBR. We often host ‘Learning Sessions’ for new joiners, which enables them to learn about how they can best contribute to the team using their own strengths.

“I’d advise new and incoming students to take full advantage of this by joining OBR as early as possible.

“We welcome new members at all times of the year but have our primary induction talks during Freshers’ week of the first semester. Anyone interested in joining the team can follow our Instagram account at @oxfordbrookesracing, or email us on”