HERO Challenge Three scrutineers at Myerscough College, seat of Motorsport learning
75% of Motorsport students at Myerscough go on to full-time employment in the sport
HC3 hosted by prominent Motorsport college as lecturers and students help check the cars and marshal the cars
Championship contenders give their views on battle that lies ahead
Josh Armon (18) student. “We’re doing the Mechanical Engineering. We are working on cars at the same time, so it’s intertwined with Motorsport. With all the mechanical principles we learn, we try and apply them into sport.
Thomas Brad, student. “Last year, we did a lot of hands on work, which was practical builds on the cars learning how to put them together. And then this year, we’ve moved on to the mechanical engineering, which is actually learning how the parts themselves are built. So learn about stress and to see how long they should last.”
Dillon Weardon, student; This is one of the few colleges that offer this course there are people from all over the place here studying, Tom’s from Rochdale, and then you have Josh from the top of the country. Then people from the Midlands. There are a lot of people from near Liverpool as well, it’s a huge catchment, you get all kinds of people from all different places. So, it’s good for diversity.
“At the end, I’m trying to move on inside race strategy and data analysis. Live performance analysis for racing teams. single-seater racing. Ideally, Formula One. Ultimately, I’m trying to be able to do data analysis and performance that is what I’m trying to get into.”
Casey Davenport 16, student; “I want to work in the pits in a race in my dream, but I’ve got to build up to that, but that’s the plan.
“I’ve been to the British Superbike Championship last weekend with college spannering for on off our lecturers, Ryan Garside who races but yeah. I’m getting more experience.
“I got into Bangor racing only recently this year. And then I decided I just wanted fast cars. So I came here and then I went to the bikes so I’m in the middle of it all right now deciding what I like.”
Ollie Didsbury, student.” It’s really fun. I think it surprised me when I first came out, it’s gonna be like a lot lower-level cars but it’s more high-performance stuff like that. There’s real enjoyment and I get a lot out of it.
“Yeah I learn a lot, something new every day, I just want to keep learning. I like rallying, it’s something I’ve grown up watching. My dream is to go into Formula One and work in the pits for Mercedes, it’s one of my big dreams.
“I’m also a Lewis Hamilton fan but I like George Russell as well. Lewis.”
As the students helped scrutineer and marshal the cars around the college from car parks to their spacious workshops, some of the championship contenders gave their thoughts on the title showdown ahead.
Harry and Dick Baines will be right in the thick of the fight, Harry is joint leader of the HERO Challenge Championship for Navigators.
Harry “We will see what happens tomorrow, I suppose but the weather’s turned on us a bit,
nice and cold, not too hot. It’s been very hot on the last two challenges, but it’s so much nicer in the car in colder weather cold weather so we won’t be sweating so much! We’ve got to keep it cool and keep it calm.”
Dick; “Anything can happen, what about HERO Challenge Two, we had a tractor and bailer!
I will do as I always do and follow his instructions. The car is OK we just parked after HERO Challenge Two. We’ve just pulled out a garage and put it back on the trailer.”
Now the crucial question is, did the farmers get the harvest in OK?
Harry; “Yeah, the harvesting was OK, so that’s that job sorted, now we can get back onto the rally and get on with the job.”
John Lomas; “Anything can happen but it’s interesting, I’ve never known it this close, 15 people between the two titles are in with a shout! I’ve not been doing it as long as some people but it’s so open. All you need is a truck, a flock of sheep, some people with trailers, and it’s over.
“I think we’ll be OK because we’re running early and normally that means you don’t get so much traffic and what it does mean is sometimes marshals haven’t got their eyes in yet!
“It’s really, really close and it’s great because it means that there’s new people, you know, which is not the same as the last two years. We are really looking forward to it and hopefully with a bit of sun because it’s been a bit wet today.