Monday 21st February 2011 by C. Freeman
Eight students on the diploma course at Brooke Weston have now had months of practical experience at local motorsport team, Lunar Racing. The students go to the premises at Rockingham Speedway for one day per week where they study a mixture of theory and practice.
The scheme is run by Mr Paul Kneeshaw, who set up Lunar Racing in 2001. He is delivering the IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) Level 2 over two years, a qualification which is the equivalent of five A* - C graded GCSEs.
He said: ‘So far the students from Brooke Weston have been doing basic tasks, such as working on brakes and now they are progressing onto more complicated jobs. There are 18 tasks that they need to become competent at by the end of the course. The hardest one is the gearbox removal and clutch change so we are going to do that next term.
'Theory-wise they are doing really well. Sometimes the students will all be working on the same thing and at other times they work on individual projects or in small groups. I try to make sure that they can start and finish a job on the same day, although sometimes it can take longer than expected.’
There is always a variety of makes and models of cars needing attention so students get experience on a range of vehicles, as well as stock engines kept specifically for teaching and demonstration purposes. Mr Kneeshaw and his team currently spend five days a week teaching groups of students from local schools so there is less time to devote to preparing the Lunar Racing cars. This year the team may enter a few fixtures in the Volkswagen Cup, with students acting as support team, but there are also long-term plans to enter a large, televised championship in 2013.