Formula Ford driver to speed up skills campus course
PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 June 2014
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A FORMULA Ford driver has teamed up with Weston College to train a new generation of racing technicians in a £1.5million motor centre.
Langford racing driver Roger Orgee’s single-seater car, which races at the Castle Combe circuit, has been branded in the college’s blue and white colours to celebrate the new course, which will see four students take on the role of number two mechanic at the famous track.
The course will be delivered by the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) when it opens at the college’s South West Skills Campus in Locking Road this September.
Students will rebuild, test-run and maintain the racing team’s Duratec MSA Formula Ford when it is transformed into a Kent FF1600 at a garage attached to the £1million automotive centre.
Roger, aged 25, said: “This is a perfect partnership - working with Weston College and NSETC helps develop course content and the hands-on experience will assist students’ careers.”
Roger was just 16 years old when he was awarded a BMW scholarship to compete in the 2006 Formula BMW UK Championship and a year later he finished eighth out of 100 in the International Formula Ford Festival. At the International Walter Hayes trophy at Silverstone Roger finished in the final in 2012 and 2013, claiming a place in the top 10 Formula Ford drivers worldwide.
Roger has also received support from his parents, Roger and Lynn, who have re-mortgaged their semi-detached home in Langford to the tune of £100,000 to fund him.
Lynn said: “He drove his first kart at six and passed a kart roadworthiness test at eight. Since then I’ve been the mother waiting on the lines, hardly able to watch the start of a race, but once I see he’s doing well I’m yelling for him to win.”
College principal Dr Paul Phillips said: “Roger Orgee will be a great asset to the college which is going to support him and the car to ensure the best possible standards for his racing and a superb learning environment for our students. Once the skills campus is complete we’ll have created the best engineering and construction environment in the UK.”