Kirsty Kuo (née Newton) was one of eight Australian citizens awarded the prestigious General Sir John Monash Award in 2007. This award is Australia’s equivalent of the Rhodes scholarship and the American Fulbright Program and is awarded for outstanding academic achievement, community consciousness, service and leadership potential in their field and the community. It comprises AUD150,000 over three years for postgraduate study at any of the world’s best universities overseas.
From 13-16 December 2007 UWA Motorsport (UWAM) competed in the 7th annual Formula SAE Australasia event held in Werribee, Victoria. UWAM won the title in 2005 and having narrowly lost out in 2006 to RMIT University was eager to put in a good showing. After four tense days of competition the result was decided after the last event with UWA Motorsport finishing 1st overall with 895.6 points out of 1000. RMIT University finished second 15 points behind with Monash University in third place. Another close result with RMIT cements a healthy rivalry that no doubt drives both teams to greater heights. In achieving overall event victory, UWAM finished with eight podium places out of a possible nine, amongst them the overall dynamic award for having the fastest car at the competition.
From May 16-20 UWA Motorsport (UWAM) participated in the Formula SAE East competition in Romeo, Michigan. It was another world class performance from the team as they finished 2nd overall with 857 points behind the University of Wisconsin-Madison at 877 points out of a maximum of 1000 points.