A cold but sunny Knockhill racing circuit played host to the SMS Student Challenge on 5th March. The event, which is running for the second year, attracted almost 50 students from across the country. Teams were fielded from; Aberdeen University, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh College, Robert Gordons University and Strathclyde University. [IMG_3267]

The day was formatted on a rotation basis with student teams taking part in the following challenges across the day:

AutoSolo – a test of speed and precision around cones run by Glenrothes Motor Sport Club, with cars provided by John Mackay and Brian Cameron.
Karting – a race with an emphasis on lap time, run by Knockhill on their kart track
Table Top Rally – a navigational challenge, run by Ewan Leeming
Trials bike riding – an introduction to trials riding delivered by SACU coaches

As a team, the aim of the game was to be the quickest across all three of the competitive activities (AutoSolo, Karting and Table Top Rally).  The competition was close and at the end of the day; Robert Gordon’s took the spoils, closely followed by Edinburgh College in 2nd and Edinburgh University in 3rd.

However, whilst we all love a bit of friendly competition, the main purpose of the day was to highlight how much fun grassroots motorsport can be and how easy it is to get involved.

Overall the day was a success, with lots of  happy faces leaving Knockhill at the end of the day. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that supported the event and helped make it happen. Special thanks go out to Knockhill for the use of the facilities, Raymond Mann for his expertise in recording the results and all the activity organisers. [IMG_3276]

A special mention also has to go out to Brian Cameron, pictured right with Glenrothes MC’s Bill Creevy. After allowing the students to abuse his Ford Ka in the AutoSolo, Brian kindly donated it to Glenrothes Motorsport Club. Glenrothes will now look after the car and will make it available for people to use in similar events throughout the year. This will be a valuable resource in encouraging more people to get involved in the sport – Thanks Brian!

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