Fast track learning

Phil Boland in action
Phil Boland in action

STUDENTS from Myerscough College were able to see their studies brought to life on a race track at the weekend.

The Bilsborrow college’s Motorsport Department was competing in the final rounds of the Dunlop BARC Production Touring Car Trophy at Croft, North Yorkshire.

Once again Myerscough was using its diesel powered Skoda Fabia VRS which has been developed by second year Foundation Degree students as part of their course.

Qualifying 12th against more powerful class A cars, the class B Skoda finished the first race on Saturday afternoon in 10th place.

The second race of the meeting took place at Sunday lunchtime and during the race the lap times were coming in consistently until the car grazed a tyre barrier coming out of the hairpin, slightly bending the front wing and bumper.

Despite this, the driver, Phil Boland, was still able to get the car home in 11th place.

With only hours before the third and final race of the weekend the students had to set about repairing the car so that it was ready to compete again.

By the time 4.20pm rolled around the car was ready once more for competition with the students working well as a team, putting into practice what they had learnt in lessons and the third race gave Myerscough yet another top ten finish.

The weekend saw the end of the 2011 production touring car race programme and the students will now begin a winter test programme which will help to develop the car further.

Phil Boland, who is also a Motorsport Tutor at the College, commented: “We have a few ideas about how to move the car further up the grid so the students are going to have a busy winter getting us ready for next season!”

The students are responsible for developing and preparing the car as part of their coursework as well as handling the operational side of the team.

This gives them a well rounded experience which they can bring to any future employer.

The students also gain experience working with technical partners such as Mintex, Proflex and BBS Graphics who all work with the College on the development of the car.

The 2011 campaign saw Phil Boland piloting the diesel powered car but Myerscough are now looking for a driver for next season as well as looking for new students who want to be part of the action.