Team Orthrus celebrate a successful start to the racing season


UWTSD’s Team Orthrus are celebrating a successful road race as the season kicks off on the Isle of Man.

Isle of Man montage

The event was the first road race for the student-led team who combine their passion for racing with their studies at UWTSD’s School of Engineering.

In a group statement, the team said: “Our first road race was a great success! Having spent lots of time learning the circuit in advance, Sam was really comfortable with everything straight away and could just focus on the riding. 
In the first race Sam was running in 10th place but on lap 5 a small wire broke causing the engine to cut out and Sam had to retire.

“The team worked really fast to find the fault and had it repaired and the bike ready to go within 20 minutes. Race 2 went as well as we could've hoped with Sam finishing in 12th place and the 2nd fastest newcomer, setting an average lap speed of 101mph, an amazing speed for a newcomer!

“We all had the most incredible time and are all looking forward to being back over in a months time for the full Southern 100 event. A big thank you to our sponsors for helping us to get here!”

Orthrus Racing was founded by UWTSD students Alex Brannovic-Jones, Jordan Ballantyne and Matthew Powell. They purchased a Suzuki SV650, and with lots of hard work and dedication they developed the motorcycle into a competitive racing machine. 

Fellow student Sam Mousley joined the team in 2016 and achieved 7 podium- and 16 top ten- finishes in the North Gloucester Road Racing Championship, including two 1st place and two 2nd place finishes. They finished the season with a 2nd place in the Stocktwins race with Thundersport GB, the most competitive race series below British Superbikes.

The team is fully student led, which in 2016 included 7 students, and has expanded to over 20 students working on three race bikes. All students are on the BEng Motorcycle and BEng Motorsport Engineering Programmes, ranging from first year to final year studies. The team branding was developed by Michael Catherall, a BA Advertising and Brand Design students from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. 

This is an example of how the team encourages students from a wide range of backgrounds and degrees to get involved in motorsport and they intend to take their campaign of engagement throughout the university.

This year, Matthew Powell and Joe Thomas are riding two Suzuki SV650’s in the Stock Twins and Sam Mousley is on the Yamaha R6 in the Pre National 600’s.

The School of Engineering is part of UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering, a multidisciplinary, STEM-based faculty situated in Swansea. It covers architecture, automotive and motorsport engineering, construction, computing, electronics, environmental management, logistics, mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

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