12 Mansfield Students Inspired by Motor Sport Industry
Friday, 4 October, 2019 - 10:15
In the lead-in to the 10th anniversary Targa High Country car rally, 12 very enthusiastic Mansfield students recently spent the day at Sandown International Raceway learning about the different career paths associated with motor sport.
Mayor, Cr Harry Westendorp said the initiative was funded by a Regional Development Victoria Stronger Regional Communities grant to celebrate the Targa anniversary, attract more visitors, create interest in the motor sport industry and educate young people in various career paths associated with motor sport.
“Council worked with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, Mansfield Secondary College and the Delatite Drivers Car Club to develop a day program to engage and inspire students who have a genuine interest in this field,” Cr Westendorp said.
“There are many facets to motor sport that are not widely known. It is so much more technical now which requires specialist knowledge and the students got to see this first-hand. It was an exciting day with a lot learnt and judging by the attendees’ overwhelmingly positive feedback, the students were inspired to pursue a career in the motor sport industry in some form or another,” he said.
Students got to see fully functioning race teams in action at the Shannon’s National Championship Round 6, hear presentations and speak to mechanics, engineers, data analysts, team managers, drivers and officials. After the grid walk, where they got to rub shoulders with international drivers like Rubens Barrichello, the students then tried their hand at driving via a simulator; the same type that F1 and V8 drivers train on. The day finished off with the Drift Cadet hot laps which left the students buzzing with excitement.
Stuart Wadsworth, father of one of the students who attended said the program was more involved than he expected.
“I was thinking it was going to be a lot more passive, but it definitely exceeded expectations and provided insights and experiences to the industry that my daughter now wishes to pursue,” Mr Wadsworth said.
For more information: Cr Harry Westendorp - 0428 975 279