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Wiltshire College sponsors Formula Ford Championship for second year running

Published: 11/01/2017

Wiltshire College is to sponsor the 2017 Formula Ford 1600 Championship at one of the UKs most popular racing circuits for the second year running.

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Wiltshire College's motorsport centre is based at Castle Combe Circuit.

The championship at Castle Combe, makes its traditional Easter Monday start with Howard’s Day on Monday 17th April and this year sees a total of seven race meetings, the last being Grand Finals race day on Saturday 14th October.

Wiltshire College sponsored the championship in 2016 as its Motorsport Engineering centre, based at the circuit, celebrated its 10-year anniversary and is pleased to continue the sponsorship for a second year.

Principal Amanda Burnside said: “Wiltshire College is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Castle Combe Formula Ford 1600 championship.

“The competitive spirit of the championship embodies the College’s role in our aim of continuing to be a vital player in Wiltshire’s economic growth, raising skills and attainment, delivering excellence and innovation; inspiring people to achieve.”

Graham Marshallsay, is Managing Director at the circuit.

He said: “The Castle Combe Championship is the oldest in the country and therefore must be regarded as one of the most successful.

“We are proud of its blend of intense competition and friendly atmosphere and the renewal of the Wiltshire College sponsorship further reinforces our unique relationship.”

The purpose-built facility is still the only one of its type in the UK and incorporates classrooms together with modern, industry standard equipment in specialist workshops.

Students studying courses at the college have gone on to work for companies such as McLaren Automotive, Aston Martin Racing, Mercedes Petronas AMG F1, Avon Racing Tyres, Jaguar Land Rover, Swindon Powertrain and Honda Racing F1.

Wiltshire College welcomed invited guests to race meetings last season which helped to raise the profile of motorsport engineering and promote the courses and facilities.

The college has two Formula Ford race cars which regularly compete at Castle Combe and other circuits around the UK, enabling students to work in a realistic working environment in preparation for entry into the industry.

The cars are set-up and maintained at events by a core team of around eight students, backed up by many more back in the workshop.

Many students spend time in the college team before being offered placements with other teams, creating a rotation of team personnel.

Drivers for 2017 have yet to be confirmed but it is expected that the college cars will again be driven by experienced driver Ben Norton, a previous championship winner and second in the 2016 championship and Steve Billett, who will return for his third season after a confident debut in FF1600 racing in 2015.

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