Students eye chequered flag

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TWO former students at the Isle Campus of the College of West Anglia are close to racing into a motoring success story.

Both Rob Sykes and Tom Harrison completed a BTEC Extended Diploma In Motorsport at the college in Wisbech, presenting them with a green light to seek careers in the industry.

So they set up their own business, S&H Motorsport, offering mechanical support to racing drivers with no mechanics or mechanical trackside experience.

And in their first year they have found themselves supporting a driver who is close to winning a major national championship.

Rob, (20) from Benwick, said: “We wanted to set up an independent race car preparation business with the intention of it becoming a full-time job.

“We put an advert on a website and after three months we got an email from a man who had bought a brand new Radical race car.”

That man was Darcy Smith, from Weston Super Mare, who is currently leading the BRSCC open sports car series and goes to the final meeting at Donington Park in Derbyshire on October 20/21 with success in his sights.

Rob and Tom, from Ten Mile Bank, have been with Darcy helping to prepare the car and get it race-ready for each competition in the series.

Tom (19), is now continuing his motorsport studies at Swansea University while Rob, after taking a gap year, has returned to the Isle Campus to do a part-time engineering course which will help him build up his experience and qualifications as the pair seek further motorsport business.