Category Archives: Student Motorsport

Student Motorsport Continues Impressive Growth (09.11.17)

Student Motorsport, the on-line community that connects students, graduates and educators to professionals and organisations in the motorsport industry, continues to grow as founder and owner JP Latham looks ahead to 2018.

With the foundations for the current community being laid in 2011, Student Motorsport today is focused on changing the way that young motorsport professionals develop and present themselves to the wider industry.

“We’re dedicated to helping young people showcase themselves and letting the supply seek the demand,” explains Founder JP Latham. “Connecting and supporting young people, undergraduate and graduate students, institutions and professionals in the motorsport and engineering industries and fuel career development is what we do.”

Supported by a team of contributors from the wider motorsport industry, Student Motorsport has recently been joined by Jessica Shanahan, coach, journalist and owner of www.racingmentor.com. Jessica’s site is full of free content designed to help young drivers fund their racing careers. Jessica is looking to expand the reach of her support with podcasts and additional advice and content, available to subscribers to the Racing Mentor newsletter.

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“I used to be a race team boss and I’ve worked with students and drivers from all walks of life,” explained Jessica Shanahan. “I realised that a lot of people don’t know what path to take to get into motorsports, so from there Racing Mentor was born.”

“I’m still a driver manager but focus a lot of my efforts on teaching drivers to find sponsorship, and coaching people into engineering, media and management careers within motorsport.”

Founder JP Latham is delighted that Jessica Shanahan and Racing Mentor have joined the Student Motorsport community.

“I am thrilled to be personally supported by such a professional individual with a wealth of knowledge in areas such as motorsport sponsorship, journalism and coaching,” said JP Latham. “It was fantastic to meet Jess through a mutual contact in motorsport which shows how crucial it is to make good connections in this industry. I’m looking forward to supporting our members through her professional services and advice.”

Jess will also be working John Paul to develop a new version of the Student Motorsport website.

“I’m excited about all the new developments coming to the website and what it’ll do for our members,” explained JP. “There’s a huge synergy between Student Motorsport and Racing Mentor and I’m getting first-hand experience of what our members will get from working with Jess and her team.”

Sign up to become part of Student Motorsport here and subscribe to the Racing Mentor newsletter here.

Manor Racing’s Gemma Hatton Joins Student Motorsport As Contributor (06.03.17)

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Student Motorsport (www.studentmotorsport.com), the first online motorsport community for young people, students, graduates, educators, institutions, professionals and organisations, has announced that Gemma Hatton, who, until recently, worked as Manor Racing’s Tyre and Strategy Engineer has joined as a contributor.

Gemma Hatton graduated from the University of Bath in 2014 with a Batchelor of Engineering degree and completed an MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering from Cranfield in 2015.

Prior to her role at Manor Racing, Gemma worked as a technical writer for Racecar Engineering magazine, as Data Engineer for Support Our Paras Racing and as Formula 1 Trackside Engineer for Pirelli.

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The Next Generation With…Jordan Bird – Data Engineer (30.01.17)

In a new series to EnduranceAndGT.co.uk, Editor Andy Lloyd talks to the next generation of prospective motorsport professionals. He begins this week with a conversation with Norfolk-based data engineer and student Jordan Bird. In 2016, Jordan worked as data engineer with Ebor GT, who contested the British GT Championship with a Maserati GT MC GT4 piloted by Abbie Eaton and Marcus Hoggarth. At the end of its debut season, the York-based team finished 6th in the GT4 Teams Championship with Eaton and Hoggarth finishing second in the GT4 Pro Am standings.

What first interested you pursuing a career in motorsport?

It started when I went to my first race at Brands Hatch in 2007 as a spectator with my father. I enjoyed the sound and the spectacle of motor-racing and I got talking to a few of the drivers and asked them questions about their cars. In 2008/09 I met Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, drivers at MTech, and I got on well with them. Then, in 2012/13, when Duncan and Matt drove for AF Corse I followed them and spent time in the pits.

It was being in the garages that gave me the opportunity to see motorsport from ‘behind-the scenes’.  I got talking to some of the engineers, saw what they did and it was then I decided to see if I could pursue this as a career. I asked some of my engineer contacts how I should move forward and their advice was to choose a part of the car and develop some specialist knowledge. I already had an interest in IT and I enjoyed motor racing so I decided to merge the two and focus on data?

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Student Motorsport Intends To Keep UK At The Pinnacle of Motorsport Development (17.01.17)

JP Latham, founder of StudentMotorsport.com, is on a mission. He wants to keep the UK at the forefront of global motorsport and he sees the education and development of young, aspiring racing professionals as vital to ensuring that race teams have the resources they need for success in the future.

JP, as he is known, spoke to EnduranceAndGT.co.uk editor Andy Lloyd at Autosport International 2017. JP has good reason to believe he is perfectly positioned to help the next generation of engineers, technicians, mechanics and media professionals – he’s been involved in motor racing, from the perspective of enthusiast, team member, student and teacher for most of his adult life.

”I’m a fan of motorsport and I have a great passion for it because it’s such an exciting and rewarding industry. That’s why I want to help the next generation, because of my background.”

He is well qualified to provide that help. JP studied motorsport at two Further Education colleges and within Higher Education.

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