Wisbech College of West Anglia motorsport team shines at Silverstone
The College of West Anglia’s motorsport team have been awarded the Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy - by series coordinator Stuart Garland – at Silverstone, the home of British motor racing.
The Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy is an award that commemorates not just the memory of racing driver Stephen, but also the passion he had for motorsport.
The award is presented for a range of reasons but focuses on sporting excellence, positive sporting attitude (usually in the face of adversity), great sportsmanship, and “going the extra mile” in the sport.
MSV Trackday Trophy also awarded the trophy to the team - based at Wisbech campus - because of their commitment to the series, helping others and the work the college does in providing so many young people with opportunities in the motorsport industry.
JP Latham, lecturer and team manager, said: “We were very humbled to receive such an award. Thanks go out to our drivers Chris and Andrew Tsang, all of our sponsors, the support of the College of West Anglia, MSV Trackday Trophy and of course all of our Institute of the Motor Industry motorsport students.”
The CWA team are regularly competing at race days around the country. On June 11, the team were at Brands Hatch and finished second in class in the MSV Track day Trophy.
Tutor and driver Chris Middleton drove the Mini Cooper over two seconds a lap quicker than last year and the pit stop, taken around the 25 minute mark, was performed perfectly by the student team, stopping for two minutes exactly as required by the regulations.
Middleton avoided car accidents and racing incidents, but was hampered later on in the race by a large oil spill. Although this slowed pace, CWA still brought the car home to finish second in class.
On May 28, the team were competing on the Silverstone circuit. Andrew Tsang drove the first 20 minutes getting to second in class, and gave some of the class D cars a good challenge.
The pit stop and driver change went well, with students performing the tyre pressure adjustments, car checks and driver change flawlessly.
Middleton drove the second half of the race very well, but lost second place after suffering a spin, partly due to a sticking rear brake caliper. Nonetheless he finished the race and brought the car home third place in class.
It’s not too late to apply for the Institute of the Motor Industry Motorsport level 2 and 3 courses this September at College of West Anglia. For more information visit cwa.ac.uk