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Great showing by Myerscough Motorsport at Silverstone

Posted on Friday 09 November 2012

Myerscough College Motorsport students gained invaluable experience at the UK’s most prestigious Formula Ford event when the team went down to the Walter Heyes Trophy at Silverstone on the 1st and 2nd November.


This is the first time that the College has appeared at the event which saw Jake Mayes driving the student prepared Jamun Formula Ford over the two days. 


Both Jake and the team, which consisted of Foundation Degree Motorsport Management and Logistics students, had prepared rigorously for the event beforehand, completing several days of testing.


While at the event the students were heavily involved in the maintenance checks of both the components and tyres of the car as well as being responsible for logging data from the car such as speed, engine revs, oil pressure and temperatures. This along with an on board video system allowed the students to be directly responsible for analysing and evaluating the performance of the car over the course of the event.


Despite terrible weather, the team performed brilliantly over the two days with Jake driving exceptionally well to qualify 13th and finish 13th on the Saturday and qualify 22nd and finish 24th on the Sunday.


Myerscough Motorsports Tutor, Matt Wright, was full of praise for the young driver as well as the students who worked so hard at the event.


He said:  “Conditions at Silverstone were the worst I’ve ever experienced in single seater racing and at one point they got so bad that the entire event was almost called off!  Jake is fairly new to the car but despite his lack of experience he handled the conditions brilliantly and managed to beat 10 other cars.


“This was in no small part thanks to the efforts of all the students who worked brilliantly as part of a team and gained valuable experience. The Walter Hayes Trophy is a fantastic event and a great opportunity for our students to show the industry all that they have learnt from their lectures.”


Myerscough College Motorsport has a long history of competing in national events as part of the courses available.  If you are interested in learning to work in the motorsport industry, places are still available for this coming September for both Further and Higher Education courses. You can contact Myerscough on 01995 642222 or head to our website www.myerscough.ac.uk. 

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