Staff and students from Myerscough College Motorsport will play a major role in the 2016-17 MSN Rally Championship.
A group of thirty Myerscough motorsport students, on both further and higher education programmes, joined tutors Danny Cowell and Simon Moss, and customers of the department for the official launch at Oulton Park.
Myerscough College’s Motorsport department boasts a range of rally and race cars that students work on as part of their programme, all of which enter competition at various points of the year. For the MSN Rally Championship, College customers, John Richardson and Eric Wilcockson, will compete in the full season in Myerscough’s Ford Escort, while FE tutor Danny will make a one-off appearance on the opening round, which is the Neil Howard Stages, at Oulton Park on the 4th & 5th November. HE tutor Simon’s Seat Ibiza will contest at least the first three rounds. Myerscough College students will provide service support throughout.
Speaking at the official launch of the Championship, tutor Simon Moss said: ‘’Following an introduction to the series in the circuit’s Fogarty Moss Centre, there was an opportunity for passenger runs on the purpose-made rally stage. The official series videographers also took the opportunity to grab a clip of cars on the stage, including the College’s Nissan Micra 1400 kit car, at the event to promote its availability for hire.’’
Head of Motorsport at Myerscough College, Belinda Oldham, said: “Myerscough College has offered courses in Motorsport since 1999.
‘’The difference between us and most other colleges is that the students prepare and maintain the cars in the college workshop and on events. It gives them real-word experience while under the tutelage of staff with a passion and background in this dynamic sport.”
A spokesperson for the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship said: ‘’It’s fantastic to see the college getting involved in the championship and we can't wait to see the students at work in the service areas this season.’’
For more information and dates visit: www.msnrallychamp.co.uk
For details of motorsports study programmes offered at both further and higher education level at Myerscough College, click here: http://www.myerscough.ac.uk/courses/motorsports
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by Dave Salmon