College teams up with top Yorkshire rally

READY TO GO ... Staff and students at Yorkshire Coast College surround a single-seater racing car they have been working on, in September tje college will become the new base for the Trackrod Rally
READY TO GO ... Staff and students at Yorkshire Coast College surround a single-seater racing car they have been working on, in September tje college will become the new base for the Trackrod Rally
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Leeds-based Trackrod Motor Club have linked up with Yorkshire Coast College in a bid to help further develop some of the technical talent for which Britain is world famous in motorsport.

Trackrod organise penultimate round of the MSA Dulux Trade British Rally Championship and have chosen the forward thinking east coast college as their new base for the 2011 Rally Yorkshire, which take place on Saturday, September 24.

Yorkshire Coast College already run a ‘Motorsport’ course and their workshops offer excellent facilities for pre and post event scrutineering (where the cars are thoroughly checked for safety and to make sure they conform to the rules).

Their Lady Edith’s Drive premises also provide ideal catering and administration facilities as well as plentiful secure parking needed for such a large event. Both parties have announced a tie-up whereby around 15 students are being invited to take part in the running of one of the north’s biggest rallies.

They will assist in Friday’s scrutineering as well as help with marshalling duties when the action commences the following day, while everyone taking part will also be offered a year’s free membership of Trackrod - one of Yorkshire’s most active motor clubs.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to get more hands-on experience in a real life situation,” enthused Programme Leader for Motorsport Paul Gavins.

“The course we offer at Yorkshire Coast College already provides a solid foundation of technical knowledge and skills in motor sport and racing technology, with areas covered including health & safety, mechanics, electronics, science and maths.

“We offer anyone who wants to gain skills and knowledge in racing and motor sport technology a head start in becoming a qualified automotive technician, developing those skills in mechanics, race preparation and electronics.

“We use the latest technologies, working in small groups, so ensuring the best possible learning experience. The opportunity of being a part of the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire adds an exciting additional dimension to their studies.”

Rally manager Rod Parkin, from Horsforth, added: “We look forward to giving all the students an insight into rallying at the highest level of domestic competition, allowing them to help out under careful supervision.

“I’m sure it will be a fascinating, hands-on experience for everyone taking part and we hope membership of our club further develop their interest in motorsport over the ensuing months.”

The 2011 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire forms the sixth of a seven-round British Championship race currently led by Scotland’s David Bogie and Kevin Rae in a Mitsubishi Lancer. Associated events, run on the same day, count as rounds for the Northern Historic Rally Championship in addition to numerous local and regional clubman’s championships with around 150 cars expected to take to the North York Moors Forest stages.