College Eyes Formula Ford as Technical Classroom

by Nick Smith
Myerscough College

Myerscough College, one of the UK’s top institutions for motorsport qualifications, is aiming to bring a Mygale chassis to the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain in 2014. Based in Lancashire, the college have a long history with Formula Ford machines. The Myerscough College team have run cars with Kent, Zetec and Duratec engines and are now looking to add the EcoBoost turbo engine to the list.

Phil Egginton, motorsport lecturer at the college confirmed that the college are in discussions with “two or three” drivers who could mount their title challenge in a car crewed by students. He also said that the team had “the offer of a chassis from Mygale and very much hope that a deal can be struck to return the Myerscough College team to the top level of Formula Ford.”

The team are attracted to the formula because the new for 2013 EcoBoost engines are state of the art in terms of their technical characteristics.

Students working on the car will be supervised by experienced engineers and mechanics should a deal be finalised for the season. Egginton added that while the college can’t afford to run a car for free, there is an advantage to the driver who opts to race with the team as they are not a profit seeking organisation. Given the cost of racing, this seemingly little point gains much more weight.

Championship manager Sam Roach is all for the team returning to the sport. “Formula Ford has always been about educating drivers and team members,” he said, “you have only to look up and down the Formula 1 pit lane garages to see how successful it has been in the development of some impressive careers. It would be great to have Myerscough back in the fold for 2014.”

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