Wednesday 16th June 2010 by C. Freeman
The first cohort of students has been accepted onto the new Lunar Racing course that starts in August. They each had a 15-minute interview with Mr Paul Kneeshaw and Ms Emma Ginger from Lunar Racing, explaining their interests and why they wanted to attend the course, which is equivalent to five A* to C graded GCSEs.
The students will go to Lunar Racing's premises at Rockingham Speedway to learn hands-on skills for one full day a week. Their first task will be to work on a bio-diesel engine which will be raced for 24 hours at Silverstone. It is a feat believed to have only been achieved previously by the Top Gear team and the students will have to work to a tight deadline to get it ready in time for the race in October.
Mr Kneeshaw, founder of Lunar Racing said: 'I'm really excited about working with the students. With the bio-fuel engine we're pushing the boundaries in terms of performance, using a two-litre diesel which up to now has been 150 bhp and we'll be pushing 220 plus using biodiesel. It should take the students four weeks because I want it out and running by the end of August. We'll have to take it and iron out the glitches.'
The students will work as part of a racing team, attending race meetings, changing tyres and performing pit stops when they are old enough. Lunar Racing is teaching the IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) Level 2 qualification and, as well as taking students from Brooke Weston, the course is also being offered to those from other local schools and colleges.
Ms Ginger said: 'When they go into the workplace after doing it for two years they will have got so much work experience that, to an employer, they are much more employable. The general impression of the students was very positive and some of them have already asked us about doing the Level 3 course at Sixth Form level.'