Date: 14/03/2012

Dearne Valley College (DVC) is launching a new Motorsports programme.

The launch event on Thursday 22 March from 4.30pm, will welcome a number of professional race teams and associations who will be showcasing their vehicles including; ‘Team Honeywell’ UK Uniroyal Fun Cup Winners, Max Lees Locost Championship Driver, the Motor Sport Association, Sheffield and Hallamshire Motor Club and Dukeries Rally.

To launch the new programme visitors to the College’s next Open Evening will get to see a variety of vehicles including; sprint cars, rally cars and race cars. As well as meet race engineers, support crews and drivers.

New for September 2012 the Wath-based College is offering the new exciting programme that will look at the skills needed to compete in the world of motorsport.

This opportunity will enable students to apply practical skills whilst studying the new Motorsports programme.

Units covered include; Motorsport Technology, Engines, Suspension, Brakes, Steering and Chassis. Students on the programme will also transform a MR2 Turbo road car, kindly donated by Wombwell based performance specialists; Spitfire Performance into a ‘Sprint Car’. They will work on the project from initial concept to completion, working hands-on with industry experts to ultimately get the car out of the garage and onto the racing circuit.

The car, once adapted will then be raced at a Sprint car event at some point next year.

Jon Barker, DVC Programme Area Manager for Engineering and Technology, commented:
“This exciting new programme is ideal for any young person wanting to pursue a career in the motor industry. The practical skills gained will be put to good use with the sprint car project which is a first for the College”.

Chris Wright, a former Dearne Valley College student and Director of IT Desk (UK) Limited based in Rotherham has offered sponsorship towards the project.

Youngsters will also have an opportunity to see a variety of vehicles and meet Max Lees, Locost Championship Driver, at the College’s next Open Evening which is taking place at the Manvers Campus from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 22 March.

Dearne Valley College are now accepting applications for courses starting September 2012.

For a Further Education Course Guide 2012/2013 call the Enquiry Line on 01709 513355, email or alternatively the course guide can be downloaded from

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