College launches new motor racing course

STUDENTS will soon get a taste of life in the fast lane when a new motorsport course is launched at Dearne Valley College.

The course will give students the chance to apply their skills in a practical setting by transforming a MR2 Turbo road car into a ‘Sprint Car’.

They will work on the project from initial concept to completion, working hands-on with industry experts to ultimately get the car out of the garage and onto the racing circuit.

Once adapted, the vehicle will then be raced at a Sprint car event next year.

The course will begin in September 2012, and prospective students will get the chance to meet industry experts at an open evening at the college tonight, Thursday.

From 4.30pm, the Manvers Campus will welcome a number of professional race teams, who will be showcasing their vehicles.

This includes UK Uniroyal Fun Cup Winners ‘Team Honeywell’, Locost Championship Driver Max Lees, representatives of the the Motor Sport Association, Sheffield and Hallamshire Motor Club and Dukeries Rally.

Race engineers, support crews and drivers will also be on-hand to answer any questions.

Jon Barker, DVC Programme Area Manager for Engineering and Technology, said: “This exciting new programme is ideal for any young person wanting to pursue a career in the motor industry.

“The practical skills gained will be put to good use with the sprint car project which is a first for the college.”

Chris Wright, a former Dearne Valley College student and Director of IT Desk (UK) Limited based in Rotherham, has offered sponsorship towards the project.