Autotech Academy launches competition to work with motorsport race team

Autotech Academy launches competition to work with motorsport race team

This article was originally published on 18 February 2022

Would you like to experience the fast-paced vehicle preparation of a race mechanic working at championship level?

Autotech Academy has collaborated with Ruben Hage Racing from the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and Storm Stacey of LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki, the Bennetts British Superbike Championship team, to launch a competition which will see automotive students experience life behind the scenes of a motorsport team.

Our competition winner Leandro at British Superbikes

Open to all students who have previously completed, or are working towards a Level 3 automotive qualification, this unique competition will see winners get exclusive access to the paddock, experience the high level of preparation it takes to compete in a race environment, and learn from and observe the work of experienced race mechanics.

This is the second year that Autotech Academy has run the competition. Last year, as part of its sponsorship of Storm Stacey at the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, ten automotive students worked with race mechanics across the season.

This year, Autotech Academy is increasing the chance to win as entrants will get the chance to work with either the LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki race team or the Ginetta GT5 championship team. This follows Autotech Academy’s sponsorship announcement of 16-year-old race driver Ruben Hage, ahead of his participation in the coveted Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge this year.

Simple to enter through the Autotech Academy website, entrants can choose from a list of races across the two championships, which will run concurrently from April to October at different circuits across the UK.

Autotech Academy provides qualified automotive college leavers with a gateway into the industry through a paid internship. Each intern is equipped with a toolbox of tools and uniform before embarking upon a 3-12 month internship with an automotive employer.

Since its launch in early 2021, Autotech Academy has helped many newly qualified students secure full-time employment following an internship with automotive employers including, Skoda, Peugeot and In ‘n’ Out.

One of last year’s winners, Leandro Pereira, who spent a day with the BSB race team and Storm Stacey at Snetterton, is now on a six month internship through Autotech Academy at Mercedes Benz of Kings Lynn. Leandro, who qualified from The College of West Anglia with a Level 3 in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, comments: “It was an amazing experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot of really beneficial things.”

To enter the competition, click here and play our spot the difference game!

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