A Leading Lancashire college is planning a return to motorsport’s Formula Ford racing.- making it easier for would-be champs to get on the starting grid.
Myerscough College near Preston has an enviable track record with the sport and talks are currently underway with a number of drivers that could see the college compete in the top-flight of the championships later this year.
In the past the college has run cars powered by Kent, Zetec and Duratec engines, and it is now hoped they will contest the GB Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship.
The Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship includes 30 races at 10 rounds alongside the biggest attraction in UK motorsport, the British Touring Car Championship
Previously, the Myerscough Motorsport Formula Ford team has been made up of students from Myerscough’s foundation degree motorsports management and logistics course.
The Bilsborrow college’s head of motorsport at Myerscough College, Belinda Cookson, said competing would go hand-in-hand with a new tailor-made course.:
She added: “Myerscough has recently introduced a new foundation degree targeted at individuals whose sole aim is to become part of a race and rally team.’’
‘’The new competition car Technology foundation degree gives the students the skills to become specialists in motorsports technology and the possibility of working on such high profile events such as the Formula Ford Championship will give them an invaluable first hand experience.’’
Motorsport lecturer Phil Egginton said: “We are talking to two or three drivers currently, have the offer of a chassis from constructor, Mygale, and very much hope that a deal can be struck to return the Myerscough College team to the top level of Formula Ford.
‘’Formula Ford is an ideal environment not just for young drivers seeking to learn their trade but also for team personnel, as we have proved over the years – our students have gone on from a grounding in Formula Ford to working in the highest echelons of motorsport.
The new EcoBoost cars are state of the art technically and the championship offers a high profile, which is ideal for publicising the college.’’
Phil added: “We have a number of motorsport professionals within the team and the college students work under their direction, gaining experience at the sharp end. We aim to be as good as the best, and we have an advantage for drivers seeking a professionally run team in that while we cannot run cars for free, we are not looking to make a profit.”
Formula Ford championship manager Sam Roach said: “Formula Ford has always been about educating drivers and team members, and you have only to look up and down the Formula 1 pit lane garages to see how successful it has been in the development of some impressive careers. It would be great to have Myerscough back in the fold for 2014.”
Myerscough students who have working on Myerscough’s motorsport team have gone on to work for some of the top motorsport organisations in the UK including AMG Mercedes Formula One Team,