News release: Motorsport students speed into rallying

Media and Promotion Office (2003) News release: Motorsport students speed into rallying. Other. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston.

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Motorsports students at the University of Central Lancashire are set to become the first
student-only team to enter the 2003 Peugeot 205 Challenge Championship.
With a number of Formula Ford trophies already lined up, the team have now turned
their attention to rallying and have set their sights high by entering the largest singlemake
championship in the world.
And it won't just be the fuel in the car which keeps them going as Anderton's Butchers
of Langridge are supplying bacon and sausages to the rally team as a means of
The 205 Challenge consists of seven events throughout the year, with the first on
Sunday 13th April at Oakington near Cambridge. Team members have built and
prepared a championship specification Peugeot 205 1.6 GTi, and are feeling confident
about the challenge.
Driver and final year student Daniel Boardman, from Ribchester, says: "We are all
really excited about the 205 championship and we think we stand a good chance at
getting ourselves noticed."
The car has been prepared in the University workshops, with most of the work being
done by first year motorsport engineering students. ''There is so much work to do
behind the scenes to prepare for an event like this and it really is a wonderful
opportunity for students to become closely involved in a real-life event," says Daniel
"By the season's end, they will have experienced the equivalent of running a small
business, built their team into a marketing brand and faced the highest levels of self
development through the emotional highs and lows that are synonymous with such a
challenging and rewarding sport."
Students from Blackpool and the Fylde College have also become involved as they have
painted the car and have offered to repair it during the season.
The students are currently financing most of the rally themselves, although they have
secured some sponsorship and would love to hear from anyone else who might be
interested in getting involved. Sponsoring the team offers a number of benefits
including media coverage, national exposure through company logos on team vehicles
and features on the international website.
For further details, contact Daniel Boardman on 07970 533383.
Photo opportunity:
The rally car, driver Daniel Boardman and the rest of the team will be available for
photographs at the Wharf Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, from
2pm Wednesday 121hMarch, all day Thursday 131h and up to lpm on Friday 141h March.
Please contact Daniel Boardman on 07970 533383.
Note to editors:
Current sponsors of the UCLAN rally team include: University of Central Lancashire;
Netsource IT Recruitment, Manchester; Anderton Butchers of Langridge; Grange Lane
Garage, Accrington; Lancashire Salvage, Blackburn; Blackpool and The Fylde College;
Magnex Exhausts; Rochdale Breakers; EPM Technology, Leicestershire; and Luke
Harnesses, East Sussex

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