Mark Bailey Racing help motorsport mechanics of the future
12/12/12 - Mark Bailey Racing welcome next wave of future motorsport mechanics.
12/12/12 - F3 Cup team Mark Bailey Racing have welcomed their next wave of aspiring motorsport mechanics as part of their student training programme.
The Wiltshire based team, who have 25 years experience racing in Formula 3, have been aiding the careers of future motorsport mechanics with their scheme since 2004. Last week the squad met with their latest group of interns from Wiltshire Motorsport College and Bridgwater College.
The initiative began in 2004 when MBR, run by Mark Bailey, took on four students from Wiltshire Motorsport College for a three month intensive training course in race preparation. The scheme proved to be an instant success and once students complete the course they return to the team to become an understudy to an appointed second year student. When the students begin their second year they advance to become number one mechanic.
After two years MBR helps find work in the industry for the aspiring mechanics and have managed to place 90% of its interns. For example one of their students Simon Bartlett, who started the scheme with the team in 2004, has gone on to work for sportscar team Jade Motorsport and the FIA Formula Two Championship.
Bridgwater College Programme Manager, Josh Smith said: "The Bridgwater College Foundation Degree students have always had to study a work placement module on the course, but this year we have the privilege of sending some students to Mark Bailey Racing. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain experience at a very high level in single seater racing and also in the transmission department at MBR.
"Mark has trained students for a very long time and they often progress from him onto full time employment within the motorsport industry, this is what we aim to do with our students. His vast range of skills, experience and contacts within the industry provide a perfect placement opportunity for anyone wishing to do well in motorsport."
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