TAFE NSW automotive students will rub shoulders with racing royalty during a once-in-a-lifetime experience completing mechanical repairs to some of the world’s fastest cars at the Bathurst 12 Hour race.
TAFE NSW automotive teacher, John Ewing, said working at the race provides a wonderful opportunity for students and those who are about to embark on an automotive journey with TAFE NSW, to learn from highly skilled mechanics and engineers.
“Every year TAFE NSW students have the chance to help at the Motorsport Training Centre at Mount Panorama, with drivers and teams in many different classes relying on us to help them with mechanical and bodywork repairs to get them back on the track and racing again,” he said.
“Just one of the many highlights of last year’s race was helping Nissan Nismo with the repairs to one of their GT3 cars.”
Australian Formula Vee 1200 Champion, Austin Pearson, will travel from Western Australia to Bathurst next week to gain some hands-on experience with TAFE NSW’s Mount Panorama Motorsport Training team. He will join eight other TAFE NSW students from across the central west, working at the Bathurst 12 Hour race from Thursday until Sunday.
“I’m really looking forward to working on different types of race cars and gaining more knowledge from experienced people in the field,” he said.
“Being able to drive a race car is one thing, knowing how to work on a race car yourself and make changes accordingly is something I believe will improve my skills in both areas of motorsport.
“I have no doubt that enrolling in the Statement of Attainment (SOA) Motorsport in 2018 at TAFE NSW will help me develop my passion but also being based at Mount Panorama in Bathurst, the home of motorsport in Australia, is another drawcard.”
Mr Ewing said this, along with fantastic opportunities at the Bathurst 1000, were just a couple of examples of the life-changing learning opportunities TAFE NSW provides automotive students. For information visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.