The BTC Motorsport season 2018 has culminated in a win for Josh Smith and the team at the BRSCC Championship Awards Dinner. Josh was awarded the ‘2018 Overall Champion & Class C Winner’ trophy, a result of incredible teamwork and dedication from the students and staff who run the team.
The team is led and run by students. At each event there are at least two staff members present; the Motorsport Foundation Degree Course Leader, Josh Smith, who is the team driver, supported by Dan Perry and Marcus James.
The 2018 season saw Kris Lyons appointed as the Student Race Team Manager and Rhys Jones as the Student Assistant Race Team Manager. The rest of the team consisted of a mixture of Foundation Degree students and Level 2 and Level 3 Motorsport students;
Kristopher Lyons, second year FD
Rhys Jones, second year FD
Giuseppe Bonuso, second year FD
Daniel Unsworth, Level 3 Motorsport
Henry Williams, Level 2 Motorsport
Bradley Horsnell, Level 2 Motorsport
Joshua Talbot, Level 2 Motorsport
This season has been a huge success for the BTC Motorsport Team. Every event has brought something different, be it weather related, a mechanical issue or even the fact that for the last race of the season Josh was the best man at a friend’s wedding which meant we couldn’t race on the Saturday! However, throughout the season the students have proven themselves many times over and also learnt valuable skills in our industry.
We were approached by Avon Tyres at the Silverstone GP event who asked if we could help them develop a tyre compound specifically for a Radical race car. This has given the team a valuable insight in to what is involved in tyre development within motorsport and how the smallest changes can have a massive impact.
2018 season results;
- Silverstone GP – 3 class wins and a class lap record with one overall podium
- Snetterton 300 – 3 outright wins and a class lap record
- Rockingham International Super Sportscar Long – 3 outright wins including pole position and a class lap record
- Castle Combe – 3 outright wins including pole position, class lap record including the fastest ever OSS lap time, and the fastest lap recorded at the circuit this year by any formula
- Brands Hatch – 2 class wins with two overall podiums, class lap record, 1 DNF with a broken driveshaft from pole position
- Donington Park National – Saturday race and qualifying missed. Sunday with two 2nds in class
And four Driver of the Race awards!
The plan for 2019 is to compete in the 750MC Bikesports championship – similar cars with tighter regulations. We will also have the luxury of working from the circuit garages instead of a race awning this season, which will benefit the team hugely.
Running in the 750MC Bikesports championship will take us all over the country and we will be visiting Donington GP, Silverstone National, Anglesey Coastal, Silverstone International, Oulton Park and Snetterton 300
Historically our BTC Motorsport students have helped out other teams or privateers over a race weekend but the 2019 season will see the team not only running our BTC car but also a customer car.
What the team do
On a typical race weekend students gain a great technical understanding and learn procedures and requirements. Not only do they gain practical skills and knowledge but also personal development in time keeping, planning, self and team management, sense of urgency, awareness and teamwork.
On a race weekend the students carry out a variety of tasks including setting up the race awning, tooling and equipment, unloading the race car, preparing the vehicle for scrutineering, carrying out pre and post-race checks, general maintenance and repair of the vehicle, track side activity on the pit wall and packing away at the end of a race weekend.
Over the course of the season this team has developed and improved greatly and all are set for a successful career in the industry.
Within the championship this season we had students/graduates placed with Chiron Sportscars, Corinium Motorsport, RLM Racing and some privateers. On a wider scope, students this year have travelled internationally, with teams such as Strakka Racing, to Belgium and Spain.
The BTC Motorsport Team relies heavily on sponsorship as well as funding from the College. Without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to run our car to the high standard required or be as competitive as we need to be to win championships. As a college we compete in a national championship and against some big teams with big budgets! We prove that with the right attitude, enthusiasm and of course, the right training, championships are within reach!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our key sponsors for the 2018 season;
Spring, Oakmont Construction, Performance Friction Brakes, Fuchs Silkolene UK plc and RLM Racing.
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Photo credit: Dan Perry