Welcome, To the Loco Espada Team

Long Hours & Hard Work? Yes please!

When the students from Swansea Metropolitan’s LocoBlade team aren’t busy designing, manufacturing and constructing their own race car, they’re busy getting involved in other race series’.

This week sees the final round of the World Rally Championship come to Wales bringing with it many opportunities for willing volunteers to get involved.  This year, four of the LocoBlade team will be working as scrutineers, meaning they will be involved in inspecting all of the WRC and National Rally cars.  Amongst other things, engineering students Glynn, Arwel, Jack and Shaun will be involved in checking that the noise levels the cars produce and the tyres used comply with the regulations..

Over the course of the event the guys will be required to move around with the teams, starting off in Builth Wells they’ll also work out of service parks in Llandudno and Cardiff. The work involves long hours, late nights and a lot of hard work but that comes naturally to the LocoBlade team.

And it’s not just the engineering students that are getting stuck in, Motorsport Management student Matthew Tucker is one of the Senior Officials for the National Rally.   Previously involved in service park marshalling and international event coordination, this year Matt will be acting as the Health and Safety office for the National Rally.  In this new role Matt will be responsible for ensuring that Health and Safety requirements are adhered to by both spectators and teams throughout the duration of the rally.  It’s a big job, but he says he looks forward to the challenge; “its hard work and you get used to lots of travelling and sleeping in horrible hotels, but it’s a great buzz and great fun.”

However, Rally GB is not the only motorsport event that LocoBlade team members are involved with this week.  The last two races of the ‘Protyre Formula Renault UK Finals Series’ will be run at Rockingham on Saturday 12th November.  Emma Leigh, another Motorsport Management student, will be continuing her involvement with the Renault Sport supported championship by working in support of the Formula Renault UK Series General Manager, Lisa Crampton.  “I’m usually involved in all sorts of different tasks at race weekends, from looking after sponsors to ensuring the cars have the correct branding on them, to sorting out champagne and caps for the podium presentations.  The schedule is always hectic and there’s always a lot to do, but I love it, it’s really enjoyable and great experience for me.”

Next week the team will be back in the workshop working on their own car, with the aim of having it ready for testing at Pembrey by the end of the month.  For now though, the LocoBlade is on hold while the team pursue their passions for other forms of motorsport.