Student Auto Test

On Saturday 4th February SMS and Glenrothes Motorsport Club organised an Auto test training day for students at Knockhill.

Auto testing has proven to be one of the most popular activities delivered within the SMS student events of the past couple of years, so the training day was intended to give student club members the opportunity to spend a bit longer practicing in car in order to refine their skills before trying their hand at competing.

The day was well attended, with 29 students entered on the day from a range of universities. In the morning, students were treated to some in car advice from experienced auto tester Daniel Rae before moving onto a competitive auto test in the afternoon.

Despite some challenging conditions (horizontal snow at points!) a good day was had by all, with only minor “modifications” made to the Glenrothes MSC Ford KA!

Thank you to Knockhill for accommodating the event and to Glenrothes Motorsports club for their efforts running the Auto Test on the day. The following feedback, sent to us from the Aberdeen University team, certainly suggests that the efforts were appreciated and worthwhile:

 “This is probably one of the best £10 I have spent”

“It’s probably the most fun I have had in a car!”

“I know the aim of Scottish Motor Sports is to make the sport more approachable and remove the stigma of it being a bottomless pit financially and I have to say that from the event on Saturday, a lot of people were convinced. Further to the actual driving, everyone enjoyed meeting the other students – it was great to see everyone discussing different approaches to the test and helping each other as well as having a laugh at some of our “driver errors”.

A special thank you (and apologies) to all the guys from Glenrothes Car Club for coming out and volunteering two cars which definitely didn’t have the easiest day in their life. I know these events do not just happen and it was a long time out in some horrendous conditions and a lot of picking up of poles so please pass on the biggest of thanks to members who came and gave us a shot.”


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