Formula 4 – Sean Walkinshaw Racing
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Ed and Oli are both level 3 motorsport graduates from The College of West Anglia. They were selected to take part in one of the Student Motorsport projects after we were contacted and received recommendation from one of their motorsport tutors at the college. They started on our Student Motorsport project in March 2013 as 2nd mechanics working with Sean Walkinshaw Racing testing and running 2 Formula 4 race cars which are entered into the Formula 4 Championship.
Oli told us: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience I gained during the first season with Sean Walkinshaw Racing; my highlights during the season would be seeing the team winning races from our hard work that we put in preparing the cars. Student Motorsport has really helped me; it's a great cause and could easily help others to get involved within the motorsport industry."
After a hard working first season Ed now works full time with the Oxford based team and has graduated into a number 1 mechanic for their second season in the F4 championship, focussing on mainly factory preparation work. Ed told us: "The knowledge and experience I took away from the whole experience with SWR was invaluable. Experience in this industry cannot be bought and is incredibly difficult to obtain. I greatly improved my knowledge and understanding in motorsport race car preparation, team operations, race team logistics, set up and fabrication side of running a race car and being part of the team. Student Motorsport is a truly fantastic business. Without this I would not be currently working for one of the most established teams in the pit lane."
"I learned many new skills and gained better knowledge which will benefit me and our college team greatly. It's given me motivation and more confidence in myself and has inspired me to succeed. Very much appreciate being selected for this great opportunity." Edward Daines
Oli now works full time with the Oxford based team and has graduated into a number 1 mechanic for their second season in the F4 championship, a continues to go from strength to strength in his career.
"I feel I went back to college in my 2nd year with many new skills and better knowledge which benefited me and our college team greatly. It's given me motivation and more confidence in myself and has inspired me to succeed. Very much appreciate being selected for this great opportunity." Oliver Grocott
Robert was also a level 3 motorsport graduate from The College of West Anglia and worked with the Oxford based team for a weekend at Brands Hatch. Rob also enjoyed working on a number of other Student Motorsport projects we have run which you will be able to read about on our site in the projects area. After working to improve his motorsport skills and industry experience Rob was able to secure a role at the college he studied at as a motorsport technician.
"Getting involved with Student Motorsport has without doubt doubled my confidence and ability with working with different types of race cars...I was able to improve my skills in areas such as race car setup, mechanics and team operations. I really appreciate being selected for this great opportunity." Robert Sykes
Medhi joined the team for a weekends experience at Silverstone in 2013 and was studying Motorsport Engineering at Brunel University, since his graduation he used the experience gained through Student motorsport and secured a 2 week experience work with ProDrive. His success led to a job at Jaguar Land Rover in the chassis department working on future cars.
"I absolutely loved every minute of working with student motorsport as it allowed me gain an insight of a race weekend for a professional motorsport team. Working with Student Motorsport could not have been easier as they are extremely nice people and genuinely want to help people get into motorsport. " Medhi Hagzare
Tom is currently studying level 3 Motorsport Engineering at the same college has recently joined the project for the second round of the F4 championship and worked with SWR at Snetterton in team support. He will continue to work with the team part time at their headquarters supporting the preparation of the F4 cars and provide team support to the mechanics and truckie during the season. At the circuit he is particularly involved in the preparation of the fuel, wheels and tyres and in pit operations.
"Working with SWR was an incredible and eye opening experience, I have learned how the motorsport industry works and in areas such as race day procedures, tyre handling and race car preparation. After having experience with these race teams I’m now more confident in working in the motorsport industry and I’m looking forward to the future." Thomas Stockdale