During the recent GT event at Thruxton race track, engineers from the Avon Tyre Crew hosted schoolchildren as part of the Young Engineers initiative. The scheme is designed to promote engineering and to encourage youngsters to study engineering through to a high level.
The engineers talked to the children about the importance of engineering and illustrated the career development available within the discipline. The 19 11-year old children, from All Saints Junior School in Hastings, saw a spectacular array of GT cars, including Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martins, and learnt of the important contribution tyre design makes to all forms of racing. Avon, who are company sponsors of the British GT Championships, supply the tyres for all the cars in the GT and for the British Formula 3, Formula Ford and Caterham Superlight championships.
Brian Davies, British GT Sales Manager at Avon Tyres, and Gavin Johnson, the company’s Technical Engineer, were available to discuss the importance of different tyre compounds and pressures. They also explained the logistical nightmare of changing 1,000 tyres over a single race weekend.
The children’s teacher, Faith Rew said, “We had an amazing time at Thruxton, and everyone made our day very special. The talk at Avon Tyres was enjoyed by all the children and was interesting and informative. The crew was super and the children wore their Avon Tyres caps with pride!”