Student mechanics to assist rally

Published Thursday, 03 April 2014
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Student mechanics at Belfast Metropolitan College have been given the opportunity to assist in maintaining the cars racing in this year's Circuit of Ireland Rally.

Student mechanics to assist rally
Met students w/ Bobby Willis, Circuit of Ireland, and scrutineer Gillian Magee. (© JPRNI)

The Motor Vehicle students will become 'associate scrutineers' and 'assistant mechanics' at the event from 17-19 April.

Belfast Met's Millfield Campus will play host to the Circuit's Scrutineering base, giving the opportunity for up to 20 students from the college's Level 3 Extended Diploma in Vehicle Technology and Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance to assist a highly experienced Circuit of Ireland team of scrutineers headed up by George Kennedy and his deputy Gillian Magee.

A number of students will also work alongside rally teams at the event's Titanic Quarter based Service Park.

Brian George, Head of School for Engineering and Construction, explained the range of roles the students would be taking on.

"Our motor vehicle students will help established scrutineers carry out a full range of vehicle tests including weighing cars, noise testing, marshalling and coordinating and monitoring driver clothing and equipment," he said.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain real life experience which will enhance their future career opportunities.

"Our talented student teams are very much looking forward to working on state of the art rally cars from all over the world and meeting competitors and their team management who are at the very top of their sport."

Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis said he was delighted to help facilitate this important new student training initiative.

"We're delighted to set up our scrutineering hub at Belfast Met's Millfield Campus," he said.

"The College's vehicle workshop offers excellent facilities in a central location and the Circuit's scrutineering team are looking forward to working alongside our student 'associate scrutineers' and 'assistant mechanics'.

"I believe this partnership is a first for any European Rally Championship event this year and the Circuit is delighted to be leading the way in community and educational partnerships."

The Qualifying Stage of the rally will be based at Ballycultra Village, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on Thursday 17 April, followed by a ceremonial start at Belfast City Hall that evening.

Spectator Stages will take place in Newtownards on Friday 18 April and Lisburn on Saturday 19 April.

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