Student Motorsport Challenge entries build ahead of 2022
Posted by: padmin - Posted: May 24, 2021
- New intra-series now set to debut in 2022
- West Suffolk College is the first to confirm an entry
- At least ten colleges have currently signalled their intention to enter. More to follow
- Supporting online educational resources to be made available at studentmotorsport.com
Over 10 college and university teams have signalled their interest ahead of the 2022 Student Motorsport Challenge intra-series within the UK’s BRSCC CityCar Cup. The ever-changing nature of the pandemic has made it difficult for educators to commit to the 2021 season, effectively postponing the inaugural year of the Student Motorsport Challenge to 2022. However, interest in the competition is proving a big draw industry-wide.
The Student Motorsport Challenge is an intra-series providing colleges and universities access to the industry ecosystem and relevant opportunities through a sustainable, meaningful and industry-relevant project.
Using the budget-friendly Peugeot 107, Citrӧen C1 and Toyota Aygo built to the CityCar Cup regulations, teams will be immersed in a broad-range of activities and tasks providing an unprecedented opportunity to gain the employability skills, industry knowledge and understanding required to operate successfully in an ever changing and increasingly competitive environment.
As well as being entered into the CityCar Cup championship, colleges and universities will also be competing for outright honours in the Student Motorsport Challenge and a variety of on and off-track award categories, such as Team Professionalism, Car Preparation, Media and Commercial Activity.
West Suffolk College leads the pack
West Suffolk College is the first entry to the new intra-series, gaining funding approval and starting their project in April. The college aims to get their student-built Toyota Aygo out at the end of the year as a regular CityCar Cup entry.
West Suffolk College Head of Automotive and Motorsport Lecturer Leon Wilde: “Over the last 3 years the Automotive department at West Suffolk College has been working hard to develop and improve the offer given to students. Following a meeting with Student Motorsport, we made a solid 5-year plan and began our “Journey to Motorsport”.
“Student Motorsport took feedback from West Suffolk College and other colleges and came back with a great offer – one which has changed how education meets the industry, building a bridge and making the sport accessible to colleges. The Student Motorsport Challenge not only meets the needs of the students but equips them for real industry scenarios.
“The Student Motorsport Challenge is a great opportunity to supplement the Level 3 Motorsport course. It gives them the practical skills needed to craft a racing car, whilst developing their knowledge and skills. It also builds teamwork and ambition which in turn creates a hunger to succeed. All these experiences make them more employable in the motorsport industry.
“After securing match funding from place 21, West Suffolk College is now working under the consultation of Student Motorsport to build a Toyota Aygo to Challenge standard.
“Now that the vehicle is being built, we are looking for a driver and sponsors. If you are interested please contact West Suffolk College.
We are all very excited to be a part of this challenge. Roll on 2022!”
List of intented entries
Other entrants intent on registering teams in the new academic year in September include:
- Askham Bryan College
- Bridgwater & Taunton College
- Brooklands College
- Chichester College
- East Surrey College
- Leicester College
- Loughborough College
- North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College
- South and City College Birmingham
- West Kent College
- Wiltshire College
Dan Turner, Lecturer at Chichester College:
“Chichester College Motorsports has been going from strength to strength in the 5 years since it began and has supported many students with their progression to Higher Education and/or employment.
“This idea has so much potential to bring commercial business to our education institutions and we’re currently seeking sponsorship and approval for our college to put a car on the grid for 2022.
“I can see a lot of potential for students here as it supports their experience and builds on employability skills whether they are studying STEM subjects, catering, media or even business & marketing. Competing in the Student Motorsport Challenge provides an opportunity for the whole college to collaborate .
“The Student Motorsport Challenge marks a crucial turning point and must be the first time, globally, where motorsport and education comes together like this”.
North Warwickshire and South Leicester College Motorsport Tutor and Academic Coordinator Steve Cassisi:
“We are very interested in this series and are hoping to be able to take part as I think the benefits for both the college most importantly, the learners, are fantastic!
“The commercial opportunities for the college are great and the Challenge offers the motorsport students an opportunity to get track side in a healthy competition. Students can network and gain some real life industry experience, while developing their employability skills and confidence ready venture into the world of work.”
Major website update to support Challenge due
Student Motorsport is preparing the next update of their website in readiness to launch a members-only Courses area where Challenge entrants will have access to over 12 written courses covering commercial partnerships, team set-up, race-weekend operation guides, and full CityCar Cup Disassembly and Assembly guides. An announcement unveiling the Courses area and other website developments is expected this week.
Commercial partnership discussions on-going
The Challenge will be inviting entries from May ready for a September start, with racing commencing in 2022. Additionally, Student Motorsport’s Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Hathaway, expects the Challenge to build a roster of commercial partners to support entrants and the series.
“The Challenge and our ever-growing online community provide a unique package. Our mission – and motorsport’s mission – is to eradicate skills and knowledge gaps. Student Motorsport is looking for relevant partners to collaborate with the series to support the teams and the students and join us on this mission. We have exciting conversations already underway, and we hope to be able to share more on these soon.”
You can find out more about the Student Motorsport Challenge over at: www.studentmotorsport.com/challenge