A British rally champion has spoken of his pride after his team, supported by the University of Bolton, won the 2018 British Rallycross Championship.

Mark Higgins, who clinched victory on 4 November, was at the University’s National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) on Thursday 6 December for a special presentation.

Mark, who is a three-time MSA British Rally Champion Albatec racing driver, spoke to staff and students at the event, along with members of the Albatec team, and hailed it as a “fantastic experience”.

Students from NCME were part of the Albatec team who had built and fine-tuned the car and were also part of the team in the thrilling final at Silverstone.

Mark is also a stunt driver for the Daniel Craig James Bond movies and for the Rallycross heats and final he drove a Peugeot 208 which can go from 0-60mph in less than three seconds.

He said: “We have had many highs and lows and it has been a lot of hard work for everyone. Everyone has learned a lot doing this.”

Mark Busfield, Director of the University’s National Academy of Motorsport Engineering, who also acted as the Team Manager at all the races, said the victory was “incredible”.

He said: “I never envisaged we would be here tonight celebrating this.

“The students have had a fantastic time and it has been a tremendous experience for them. Their confidence has grown massively. They understand what real life in the industry, not just in a classroom, is like. I am very proud of everyone involved.”

Student Naomi Knight said: “It has been an amazing experience – everyone has been so supportive.”

NCME’s partnership with Albatec – launched a year ago – gives students the unique opportunity to engage as part of a professional race team at the track.

They are also able to understand the careers available in motorsport engineering, as well as gain an insight into how cars are designed, developed, manufactured and tested.

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