Student race teams move up to top gear

Top Gear's James May
Top Gear's James May
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Top Gear host and former Lancaster University scholar James May is the new patron of the institution’s student motor racing team.

The award winning TV presenter is best known for appearing on the globally successful Top Gear motoring show with Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson.

He graduated from Lancaster University in 1985 before working as a sub editor on magazines and then moving into broadcasting.

Student Anita Crompton from Lancaster Racing said: “James will be getting regular updates on the progress of the team and we look forward to meeting him, when his busy schedule allows.”

This year’s Lancaster Racing is the largest team the University has entered into the competition, with 17 members led by Team Leader Loren Wright.

She has already been accepted onto the Aston Martin graduate training scheme where she will be working in the Product Development section.

Loren said: “I am incredibly excited to have achieved my life ambition of securing a career in the automotive industry, and accredit a lot of my success to this project.

“For my third year BEng dissertation, I studied the advantages of incorporating aerodynamic devices onto a Formula Student car to determine if sufficient downforce can be achieved at such low speeds.

“Following the success of this investigation, I am now continuing this study by developing an under floor for this year’s car, which will be the first from Lancaster University to run an aerodynamic device.”

• Myerscough College was represented by an all-female rally team at a prestigious North West event at the weekend.

Ashlie Fowler, from Preston; Nicola Hart, Anita Newman formed an all-girl service crew for the Roskirk Stages, looking after a Nissan Micra, which was driven by Myerscough College’s head of motorsport and mechanisation, Belinda Cookson. Ashlie and Nicola are currently studying Level BTEC Extended Diplomas in Motorsport, while Anita is in the first year of her Foundation Degree in Motorsport Management and Logistics.