Fenny Compton, UK – Wednesday 18th November 2015: Century Motorsport and the Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering at the University of Bolton are delighted to announce an exciting collaboration for 2016.
The partnership will see the Championship winning outfit form a new and innovative alliance with the country’s leading motorsport centre of educational excellence, providing unrivalled opportunities for students studying Motorsport Technology and Automotive Performance Engineering.
The University of Bolton are no strangers to using some of the UK and Europe’s leading championships as a means of educating their students, having been involved in British GT and the European Le Mans Series this year.
Together with RLR Msport, who are currently based on campus and have worked with the University for several years, students will have a unique experience in the classroom, in the workshop and on the race track.
Looking to further their horizons and achieve a much more hands on approach for their education programmes, the University’s new partnership with Century Motorsport will see the team integrate themselves into the University’s facilities.
Going much further than the conventional approach of work placement programmes, students will benefit from hands-on experience at the University’s facilities, combined with working at the Team’s base in Fenny Compton. The programme will also be adapted in a manner that allows students to see what it takes to run a race and championship winning team on each and every level. From engineering the cars to dealing with the challenges of a race meeting as a team manager, this new programme will allow students to get first-hand experience from pre-event preparation right through to post-event scrutineering and everything in between.
A fundamental part of this new alliance between the two parties is the announcement of the team’s first confirmed entry into British GT4 for 2016. Having made her British GT4 debut in 2015 in the University Ginetta G55, Anna Walewska will make her return to the series. The winner of the Elite Group BWRDC Gold Star Award 2014 will be keen to build on a season best result of sixth in GT4 at Brands Hatch and Snetterton. Supporting Anna’s return to British GT will be her long-term partners Westons Removals and Storage. The Petworth based firm have been a major part of Anna’s racing activities over the last number of years and are equally excited about this new venture for 2016.
Anna will also welcome a new co-driver next season, in the form of former McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Nominee Nathan Freke. The Ginetta G50 Cup champion showed that he has lost none of his ability despite a lengthy spell away from full time competition, when he made a popular British GT4 return at the season finale in Donington. Robbed of an almost certain class victory in the two hour race following a pitlane infringement, Freke fought back to finish second in GT4 and will be able to share his vast experience with Walewska to mount a serious challenge for British GT4 honours.
Rory Perrett – Director of the Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering, University of Bolton:
“We are delighted to welcome Century Motorsport into our stable of champions. They will bring additional expertise, experience and opportunities for the students studying at the University’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering. We are proud to offer an unrivalled experience for anyone wanting to pursue a career in motorsport.”
Clive Freke – Partner, Century Motorsport:
“We are really looking forward to this new colabortation with the University of Bolton in what is going to be an exciting new chapter for Century Motorsport. I am confident that we can bring a lot of value to this relationship which will be of significant value to the University’s education programme for upcoming motorsport engineers. Anna showed great promise this year, and with Nathan I am confident as a team we can be challenging for the British GT4 title.”
Anna Walewska – #73 University of Bolton / Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4:
“I’m looking forward to racing for Century Motorsport with Nathan Freke next season. They have vast experience in British GT and as a team I’m confident we have a winning formula. We have some exciting plans for the Motorsport Engineering students of The University of Bolton and I’m pleased to be representing them again for the 2016 season.”
Nathan Freke – #73 University of Bolton / Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4:
“I’m delighted about the deal to race alongside Anna, and flying the flag for the University of Bolton. It’s been a long time since I’ve competed in a full championship so I’m really relishing the opportunity.
We tested Anna a couple of times this year and we both got on very well. It’ll be a very strong driver pairing and I’m looking forward to much success with Anna, the University of Bolton and Century Motorsport.”
Nick Reynolds – Director of Motorsport Operations, RLR Msport
“With RLR Msport and Century Motorsport under the University of Bolton umbrella, students will have the very best education into the motorsport business. The hands-on experience in the workshop and on the race track puts the students in pole position after graduating.”
Notes to editors:
University of Bolton:
The University of Bolton is a leading UK Centre for the study of Advanced Performance Engineering, preparing students for the best careers in their field. Having invested decades of Engineering knowledge and experience in creating CAPE – the University’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering.
Partnering with leading Sportscar team RLR Msport, Keating Supercars, Ginetta and with Century Motorsport, they have created a specialist, advanced performance engineering centre.
The University of Bolton is the first Institute in the UK to have an in-house, fully functioning race team on a University campus with students now able to work with the team on top specification racing cars.
In 2016, students will be part of the University’s British GT4 team, benefitting from their professional racing partners. Thanks to the unique model with the professional racing team – in the classroom, in the workshop and on the race track – the University are leaders in developing students through an advanced performance engineering career experience which is second to none.
Work will begin this year on a new £10 million STEM centre which will house the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering.
CAPE is driven by one ambition – to enhance the direct employability of our graduates.
Century Motorsport is led by Ginetta G50 & British Formula Ford Champion and former McLaren Autosport BRDC Award nominee Nathan Freke.
Using his experience as both a multiple race and championship winner, Nathan has built up a team that includes some of the industry’s best engineers and race mechanics.
Winning races and championships comes naturally to the entire team. Benefitting from a professional but pleasurable working environment, Century Motorsport is clearly focused on delivering success.
Over the last number of years, Century Motorsport have become a multiple championship winning team, this year adding the British Touring Car Championship supporting Ginetta GT4 Supercup with Tom Oliphant to their trophy cabinet, and it’s this experience which will become a key ingredient for any budding engineer to learn from the best in the business.
Westons Removals & Storage:
Westons Removals & Storage are based in Petworth, West Sussex. Trading both nationally and internationally over the last 34 years, Westons are very proud of their reputation for giving great service and value. Offering a diverse range of services from technical support, logistics, scheduling, planning and consultation, Westons are able to work successfully in the domestic, office and commercial world.
A native of Surrey in the South East of England, Anna Walewska is quickly becoming a highly experienced and successful endurance racing driver. Making her debut in British GT in 2015 with the University of Bolton Ginetta G55, Anna came into the series off the back of strong 2014 season. Britcar Class three Champion, Britcar Driver of the Year, First Overall in the Willhire 6 Hour Endurance Race and winning the BWRDC (British Women Racing Drivers Club) GoldStar Elite Award are just a small number of accolades secured by Walewska. With the benefit of a year of experience in one of Europe’s leading GT Championships, Anna is setting her sights firmly on a title bid for 2016.
Kidderminster native Nathan Freke is easily one of the fastest drivers in the United Kingdom. A multiple Karting Champion, British Formula Ford Champion, McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Nominee and Ginetta G50 Cup champion are all impressive titles that fill a vast career profile over the last number of years. In recent years, Freke’s success can be measured against an impressive 33% win ratio alongside a 63% podium ratio. Having only made selected appearances over the last couple of seasons due to commitments to his team, Freke has rarely been off the podium and having almost won the GT4 class on his British GT return in Donington Park last time out proves that he will be one to watch in 2016.