Mini Challenge – Excelr8 Motorsport
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Rob, James and Oliver were level 3 motorsport students from The College of West Anglia. They all 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 all started in August 2013 working with Excelr8 Motorsport as assistant mechanics and paddock/pit operations for the testing and running Mini Cooper and John Cooper Works race cars which are entered into the Mini Challenge events in the UK.
After working well with the team and improving his mechanic skills Oli went on to working part time with Excelr8 and now works full time in the design and manufacture high-quality thermostatic valves for marine and industrial applications. Oli told us: "My work experience with Excelr8 has taught me how to work in a team under pressure and the importance of teamwork...if you don't pull together things can and will go wrong."
"It's been great being involved in such a rewarding project, Student Motorsport is something that I am very excited about as I struggled to break into the motorsport industry for the career I wanted." Oliver Newman
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 respective motorsport skills and industry experience Rob was able to secure a role at the college he studied at as a motorsport technician and continued to support Mintron Racing and also went on to work with Thatchway Motorsport with their Radical Sr4 during the 2012 season. Rob told us: “I was involved in the Student Motorsport projects in the early stages of the site, they took me under their wing and gave me many opportunities working with motorsport teams.”
"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
James went on to secure an 8 month overseas apprenticeship with an electric car components company in Finland as a Quality Technician developing hybrid battery packs, the later went onto a permanent role at KLM UK Engineering maintaining commercial aircraft at Norwich Airport. He added: "I learned technical knowledge on the cars and also how to adapting to changing weather conditions and adjusting the car set up."
"Student Motorsport helped me find motorsport work experience on more than one occasion, also allowing me to work abroad." James Blackburn