UWTSD’s Orthrus Racing team looking forward to an exciting 2019


With attendance confirmed at the Manx GP on the Isle of Man and at the Thundersport GB Pre-National 600 Championships, UWTSD’s Orthrus Racing team is already looking forward to an action packed 2019.

Orthrus Racing is a team of engineering students at the University’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering currently studying Motorcycle & Motorsport Engineering at their new home in IQ.

UWTSD’s Jordan Ballantyne said: "We came together over three years ago to build, develop and race motorcycles with an aim to apply what we learn throughout our degree to the track, since then the team gone from strength to strength and has achieved numerous race wins and podium finishes. We are one of the very few fully student led motorcycle race teams in Europe and the only one which employs student riders. The team’s two riders focus on separate disciplines of racing with Matthew Powell competing in the Thundersport GB Pre-National 600 championship, while Samuel Mousley is solely focused on road racing events throughout the UK Ireland & the Isle of Man.”

Jordan added: "2019 will be our biggest and most exciting season of racing yet, with Samuel competing on the Isle of Man at the Manx GP, one of the world’s largest motorcycle racing events. While Matthew is competing for the 600 Pre-National championship.”

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. 

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.

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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