This project was one of the first introduced when Student Motorsport was in its infancy.  14 level 3 motorsport students from The College of West Anglia were invited to Silverstone circuit in October 2010 to gain an insight into a race weekend at Formula Palmer Audi after we were contacted by the college. Since then we have been working closely with the college to introduce other Student Motorsport projects which you can see on the projects page.

Students were able to gain access to the FPA garages, pits and timing areas of the circuit to see how the FPA staff worked and how event operations took place.  In the pit garages the students took a closer look at how the FPA cars were prepared for test, qualifying and race events.  During the race event the timing officials invited the students to take a tour of race control and provided them with an insight into the timing and race operations.

This project not only gave the students an insight into the professional operations of the FPA championship but also helped them to improve their motorsport and industry knowledge whilst they completed their studies at the college.

"Going to the FPA visit at Silverstone gave me an insight into the motorsport environment.  Student Motorsport helped me to confirm that motorsport was what I wanted to follow in my career." Tiago Oliveira

We spoke to Tiago and Bradley who were involved in the visit, Tiago went onto further study at the college and completed an HNC in Engineering and is now working in a design office making parts for HGV's.  Since graduating from the college Bradley went onto working with Exelr8 Motorsport and is now one of the leading mechanics at the company, we keep in touch with Bradley and regularly see him at race circuits around the UK.

"It was great to get the chance to visit FPA at Silverstone, and awesome to see how hard and well a race team works together.  Thanks to Student Motorsport I got to speak to some of the mechanics which gave me ideas how I can get involved in the action." Bradley Dyble