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Motorsport learners at Pembrokeshire College are learning in the fast lane following a fantastic result at the Llys-y-Fran Hillclimb.
The annual Welsh Sprint and Hillclimb event held at Llys-y-Fran reservoir last weekend saw hundreds of spectators gather to watch as over 50 racing cars took to the track – all with the same ambition – to beat their past records and achieve their personal best around the gruelling track.
Learners on the First Diploma in Motorsport worked flat out in the run up to this annual event ensuring their vehicle was ready for the challenges of the difficult to master hillclimb. The modifications learners made to the vehicle resulted in faster lap times than last year with driver and College tutor Huw Jones (known as ‘Huwmacher’) knocking two seconds of his previous best. The Formula Ford Van Diemen RF87 was purchased by the College five years ago and preparing it for races has become a highlight and an essential part of the motorsport course.
With all twelve first year learners on the Motorsport course attending the event, for many, this was their first real taste of the exhilarating world of motorsport. Having spent the previous months totally re-building the car’s engine as part of their course, the first practice lap highlighted several problems which the learners were quick to spot and rectify – improving their time with each lap.
Matthew Morgan, aged 16 from Pembroke Dock, was one of the learners to attend the event and commented: “Attending the hillclimb gave us a real chance to get involved and work under pressure. Knowing you’ve only got a short amount of time to find and fix problems puts on the pressure and shows the importance of working as part of a team. It was a fantastic day and has really inspired me to pursue a career in the motorsport industry.”
Rob Gay, College lecturer accompanied the learners to the event and commented: “The motorsport course at Pembrokeshire College goes beyond teaching learners how to improve engine performance and handling, we actively encourage students to take part in motorsport events. Pembrokeshire has a vibrant motorsport scene with lots of opportunities for young people to get involved and progress. I was really impressed with how the learners sorted out the problems we experienced with the car and continued to make minor adjustments throughout the day which resulted in the car achieving it’s best time yet.”
All tutors delivering on the FD Motorsport programme have a background in racing & rallying with a passion for passing this knowledge and expertise onto their learners with racing driver Huw being a former West and South Wales Champion and current MSA scrutineer.
In short, if you like repairing cars and you love motorsport, why not make it your career. Applications are now being taken for the Motorsport course starting this September. To find out more contact admissions on 0800 9 776 788.