College-backed race car wins championship

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The College-backed race car won the team car championship at the Scottish Legends Championships, which took place at Knockhill earlier this month.

Mark Ingram, Head of Faculty, Engineering and Automotive, said: “It was a fantastic experience watching all our students participate seamlessly with the race team and drivers. There were Automotive students helping prepare the cars for racing and carrying out quick repairs in the pit during the race, and Photography and Media students capturing the race on film. The support and hospitality from Burnett Motorsports is tremendous and provides an excellent and much appreciated learning experience for our students. Many thanks to Stevie McColl, Chris Wallace and the team for their continuous hard work throughout the season”

Chris Wallace, Automotive lecturer at Motherwell Campus, was there and brings us this report from on the day:

The New College Lanarkshire-backed legend race car, driven by local businessman Alan Freeland, entered the final round of the Scottish legends championship at Knockhill race circuit – leading the team car class by 450 points.

Race one went well with a strong points finish with our nearest competitor Daniel McKay finishing just ahead. Race two was incident packed – with the NCL car being caught up in a final corner incident, resulting in some bodywork damage and Daniel failing to reach the start – we wrapped up the championship for a second time by the end of race two.

After some cosmetic and mechanical fettling by the students from the Motherwell campus automotive department, race three was a no pressure event, resulting in a strong second place behind newly-crowned drivers’ champion and business partner, John Paterson.

The day’s action-packed races were captured by HNC photography students from Motherwell campus and HND film and radio students from Cumbernauld campus who were working with the television production company and are looking to work even closer with them next season.

Burnett Motorsport owner Stevie McCall: “I am incredibly pleased and proud of what the students from NCL have achieved this season, and we are looking forward to next year and working closely with even more departments throughout the College and providing opportunities and experiences within this unique partnership”.

Driver Alan Freeland, said: “The car ran faultlessly all season and the students from NCL should be proud of their continued efforts in keeping the car in championship-winning form”.

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