Student motorcycle team take first place at Thundersport GB


Students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s motorcycle race team, Orthrus Racing, have taken to the podium for the third time in a row since the race season opened in March. Joe Thomas and Sam Mousley both climbed to the top step of the podium, with Joe taking three wins out of four in the Stocktwin class and Sam won one race on the R6 in the Pre-National 600 class in Thundersport GB, at Snetterton Circuit last weekend. Matt Powell is also competing in the Stocktwin class in his first season of racing and went on to finish in the top ten every race with a 6th place best finish.

Sam Mousley is a student on BEng Motorcycle Engineering. He said: “I had a great time in all of my races and loved every moment! I made some really big steps this weekend both learning the R6 and also with my race craft. I’m still not quite where I want to be but I know I have a lot more to come with some more track time and I’m heading to Cadwell Park next full of confidence from this weekend.”

Joe Thomas, who is also a student on BEng Motorcycle Engineering, said: “3 wins! Brilliant weekend, I had some awesome races through the weekend with an unfortunate and early end to one of them that was caused due to an issue with the clutch, but the team relentless to get me out there did a great job and we managed to snap the last win of the day! Big thanks to the team, the organisers and my competitors for the great racing and can’t wait for Cadwell!”

Dr Owen Williams is Head of the School of Automotive Engineering. He said: “UWTSD’s Motorcycle Engineering programmes were developed to support the growing interest in both the motorcycle racing sector and the mainstream motorcycle production industry. It enables students to develop specific expertise required in the design, development and refinement of the modern motorcycle. The degree programme is well connected to the industry with direct links to teams in MotoGP, Moto2 and World SuperSport. With our academic staff working at the highest level of motorcycle sport. The course is built around the themes of core engineering, design and applied technology. Students are actively encouraged to participate in the large number of extra-curricular activities that we run as a school in order to compliment the academic studies and provide real world examples on which to test the ideas and skills which are learnt in the lecture theatre.”

Matt Powell is also a student the Motorsport Engineering BEng. He said: “What a weekend at Snetterton for round 3 at Thundersport GB! I achieved my main goal of reaching a top 6 finish and I couldn't be happier after the weekend I've just had and the progress I'm making, hard to think that just over two months ago I'd never worn a one piece or ridden on a circuit. A big thank you to my team mates at UWTSD Orthrus Racing for helping me all weekend and helping getting the bike there in the first place. Cannot wait until next round at Cadwell and I finally get to do the mountain!!”


Photography by Morgan Scrivens

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