Motor students driven by success

6:00am Friday 30th May 2014

ANDOVER College’s Level 3 Motor Vehicle students continued to see their name on the leader board having driven to Motorsport glory recently at their second Autosolo event held at South Downs College in Waterlooville.

Competing against 18 other drivers, Andover College student Jack Hurlock won the best student accolade and motor vehicle lecturer Tim Richman won best Southsea Motor Club driver of the day.

Since their last Autosolo outing, the students have transformed the Nissan Micra into a race-prepared competition car.

This included fitting a roll cage, bucket seats and new steering wheel.

To help with the on track performance they also fitted uprated and lowered suspension and an adjustable panhard rod to re-align the rear axle after the improvements.

Six runs Once the course was set up the drivers, Jack Hurlock, Joe Harman and the rest of the team, walked the course and tried to remember all the twists and turns.

Following the drivers briefing the cars were lined up for the first of the six runs.

Lecturer Tim Richman said: “Building up to the event there was huge anticipation regarding how the car was going to perform but after the first run it was clear to all that she was perfect.

“Once the nerves had gone it was just pure concentration and fun for the rest of the day.”

Autosolo is a form of motorsport based around the principles of autotesting, a series of tests to measure precision driving skill.

Compared to traditional autotests, the course doesn’t involve specialised techniques like spin turns, is usually longer, and can involve a bit more speed through the corners.

Autosolo events are open to drivers over the age of 16 and those without a full RTA licence are limited to a saloon car of not more than 1400cc.

The next round of the Southsea Motor Club Autosolo championship will be held at Sparsholt College on Saturday.

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