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What’s it like to study for a Beng in Mo­tor­sport En­gi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Wolver­hamp­ton? Nathan Tup­per ex­plains it’s the prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence that’s the high­light

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When do you re­mem­ber be­ing in­tro­duced to the world of mo­tor­sport?

Watch­ing the grand prix on a Sun­day af­ter­noon when I was around five years old, and vis­its to Brands Hatch to watch the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship. I still have signed posters on my wall at home from those days!

Who or what in­spired you to pur­sue a ca­reer in the field?

My dad loves ve­hi­cles and re­ally opened my eyes. I started to fully ap­pre­ci­ate F1 in the V10 era of the early 2000s.

Why did you choose to ap­ply for the mo­tor­sport course at the Uni­ver­sity of Wolver­hamp­ton?

The rel­e­vance it has to in­dus­try, and the op­por­tu­nity to be part of For­mula 3 and For­mula Stu­dent – no other uni­ver­sity could of­fer the chance to be part of both teams. The fact that the Uni­ver­sity of Wolver­hamp­ton Rac­ing [Uwrac­ing] team is en­tirely stu­dent-run con­vinced me.

What’s a typ­i­cal day like as a stu­dent on the course?

If I’m not in a lec­ture, I’m usu­ally in the work­shop work­ing on the race cars or on the For­mula Stu­dent pro­ject. Mo­tor­sport is my pas­sion and I wouldn’t want to do any­thing else.

What fa­cil­i­ties do you have ac­cess to?

The mo­tor­sport work­shop with race bays, and 3D print­ing and five-axis ma­chines to de­sign and pro­duce parts for ve­hi­cles.

What does your in­volve­ment with Uwrac­ing add to your ex­pe­ri­ence?

It’s an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, run­ning and com­pet­ing against pro­fes­sional teams on an in­ter­na­tional level while still study­ing.

What other projects have you worked on?

I’m also a me­chanic on the Mor­gan Plus 4 ‘Baby Doll’, sup­plied to the Uni­ver­sity by the Mor­gan Mo­tor Com­pany as part of a new part­ner­ship deal.

What are the high­lights of your time on the course so far?

Uwrac­ing fin­ish­ing fourth in the Mono­posto 2000 cham­pi­onship in our de­but year in 2015 – we got two wins and six podi­ums, and to see the team progress has been amaz­ing.

Other spe­cial mo­ments in­clude driv­ing the For­mula Stu­dent car at Sil­ver­stone, and a hat-trick of wins in our MSV F3 Cup de­but week­end.

What do you hope to achieve fol­low­ing the course?

To have a job in the sport that I live and breathe! I was on the Uwrac­ing team when it first started, so I’d love to still have a pres­ence there. My big am­bi­tion is a ca­reer in NASCAR. I’ve worked hard through­out my de­gree and will con­tinue to work hard to make this a re­al­ity.

The course’s next open day is on Satur­day Au­gust 20 2016. For more in­for­ma­tion visit: wlv.ac.uk/uwr @uwrac­ing

Shane Kelly wins at Snet­ter­ton last year for the Uwrac­ing team

Snet­ter­ton 2015: Uwrac­ing cel­e­brates Mono­posto podium

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