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BCoT students forming partnership with SR Automotive
STUDENTS from a Basingstoke college are gearing up to build two racing cars.
SR Automotive, in Houndmills, has organised for 27 motorsport mechanics from Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) to build the MR2 Mark Ones, starting in October.
Once complete, the cars will be raced at the Track Attack MR2 Mark One Race Series in March.
The partnership between SR Automotive and BCoT, in Worting Road, will give students the chance to gain first-hand experience of working with a professional racing team.
Mo Stoner, who runs the business, said: “We have an open door policy. It’s encouraging people back in. Like any business, we need new blood coming in.”
David Reid, a mechanic with SR Automotive, said that students will be able to network at the racing events and learn from the drivers.
He added: “Professional racing drivers can give the students feedback on how it’s handling and how to change the car and make it a better racing car.”
Students will camp at the event and be on hand to assist the drivers and prepare the cars before the race.
Jorge Dantas is a mechanic apprentice with SR Automotive, and studies at BCoT. The 21-year-old began the course after moving to Basingstoke from Portugal two years ago.
He said: “I did three years of business management but I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in an office wearing a suit.”
His dream is to work in rally driving, but he added: “This is a good start.
“I couldn’t ask for better.”
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