Wednesday 14th July 2010 by C. Freeman
Three of the students who have signed up for the new Lunar Racing course have already spent a weekend racing at Snetterton.
Tyrone Robertson, Cole Macleod and Jordan Derrick all went to help out after they, and three other students were accepted on the course after a successful interview with Mr Paul Kneeshaw, the founder of Lunar Racing.
They helped with checks during the race at Snetterton which saw driver Cassey Watson gain second place in the 2010 Zing Trofeo Abarth 500 GB.
Mr Kneeshaw said: 'Between each session of practice, qualifying and racing the students prepared the car for its next session. This included checking the front suspension and oil levels and cleaning the intercoolers. They worked really well together. We are really impressed. It was a really good result and a good weekend.'
The Abarth 500 on the track.
Cassey said: 'This was all the proof that could be needed that this project is fantastic, we are racing against some extremely professional championship winning teams and our students are up to the challenge despite their young age.'
Jordan said: 'We changed the tyres, cleaned and polished the car. I enjoyed it very much.' Cole added:'We weren't allowed to go near the engine as we haven't got any experience yet. It was a good enjoyable weekend but quite tiring and we're going away to the Silverstone circuit next week.'
The IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) Level 2 qualification, which is the equivalent of five A* to C graded GCSEs, starts in August. 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.
Driver Cassey Watson who came second in her race.
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 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.'