The Student Motorsport Challenge has announced the first six teams confirmed for the 2023 edition of the competition, after a successful and thrilling first year in 2022.

The Challenge, founded by Student Motorsport’s John Paul Latham, provides an opportunity for students from various colleges and universities across the UK to race against one another in a dedicated contest within the BRSCC’s Nankang Tyre CityCar Cup Championship. The teams are made up of students from various subject fields, mainly motorsport and engineering, as well as those from other departments such as finance, marketing, and design, giving them valuable real-world experience working in a race team and preparing them for their chosen career paths.

In the inaugural Challenge in 2022, seven teams competed in a thrilling season-long battle. MET Motorsport emerged victorious as the first-ever SMC champions with Richard Jepp at the wheel, followed by East Surrey College with Andy Burgess and Oxford Brookes driven by Ben Creanor, the latter of the three claiming the first outright race win for a Student Motorsport Challenge team at Croft in September.

For 2023, the Challenge initially welcomes back five of the seven competing teams from last season. Defending champions MET Motorsport will now race under the new banner of Northbrook College, East Surrey College will be back for a second shot at the title, and Oxford Brookes has also changed its name for their second campaign, now known as Barracksport. Welsh-based Coleg Gwent’s Newport campus is ready to line up once more as are West Suffolk College, while the first brand-new team of 2023 is Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate in Thorpe Underwood, based northwest of York. Not much is known at this stage of their team setup, but we look forward to learning more about this exciting new entry and seeing the Challenge expand in its second year.

Additional teams will be announced by Student Motorsport in due course, so stay tuned for more exciting updates!



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