Students’ car makes race debut

The car in action
The car in action

The student-run Skoda Fabia completed all three races, providing the students with vital data on the car.

The car, driven by ex-rally co-driver and college lecturer Phil Boland, steadily improved throughout the weekend, finishing as high as 11th in the third and final race.

The students, who are all in the first year of their foundation degrees, are now undertaking further development work on the car in order to move further up the PTCT grid.

Dunlop BARC Production Touring Car Trophy promoter, Martin Phaff, said: “It’s great to see Myerscough here, and I’m sure they’ll make a positive impact in the series.”

The car has been built by second year foundation degree students as part of their Motorsport Management and Logistics course. The 1.9 litre diesel has been built to the class B regulations of the growing championship, and although the rules are tight there are still further development the students can make.

Phil Boland said: “The car handles great, and the students have worked really hard. This whole project is now moving forward and allows the students to gain real-world experience.”

Despite a heavy weekend, the students even found time for extra learning, as they were taken around the pit garage of the WTCC outfit Bamboo. It is hoped they will use the experience to enhance the race team, and their own education.