Motorsport students hit top gear at North West Stages Rally

Wednesday 10 Feb 2016

Myerscough College motorsport students played a big role in the annual Legend Fires North West Stages Rally on the Fylde coast.

The College continues to offer students experiences of working at prestigious events on the motorsport calendar in addition to their course studies and this was a big opportunity for the college across the weekend. Further education students took an active role in the event, following many weeks of planning.

The North West Stages Rally is one of the largest multi-venue motorsport events in the country, attracting thousands of people who compete and watch the action. Myerscough College ran a car in the event, with tutor Danny Cowell behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza, with the College’s FE Motorsport Team providing the servicing. Other students and staff, both past and present, worked in other service teams or as drivers in the rally.

The Myerscough service team consisted of FE students Jordan Brown, Luke Farrar, Charles Harrison, Jack Hope, Owen Rimmer, Spencer Skaife, Joe Sharples, Lottie Smith and Joe Stewart.

Danny, with his co-driver Mark Shepherd, finished 23rd overall out of a field of 110, despite suffering a puncture and an incident with a concrete post that required repairs. The car also recorded some top six stage times, beating the eventual event winner on three occasions.

Myerscough HE Motorsport tutor, Simon Moss, said: ‘’Well done to our staff & students for representing Myerscough excellently once again and thanks to everyone for being such a credit to the college.’’ 

''Weekends like this give the students crucial real life experience on events where they'll be working alongside potential employers and it was great to see so many people over the course of the rally. The students get to experience, first hand, a major event and such experience looks great on their CV when they apply for jobs within the industry.

‘’We’re pleased to be able to continue to offer these unique opportunities to Myerscough students as part of their enrichment.’’

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by Dave Salmon  

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