Friday, 01 February 2013 08:54

Toyota Sponsors College Race Team

South & City College Birmingham - ToyotaToyota World Birmingham has agreed to sponsor South & City College's Race Team in 2013.

To kick off the new sponsorship Toyota have provided the race team with a new racing vehicle - a Corolla T Sport named TWB1.

Along with the race car, Toyota will also provide the budding motor sport students with support during race events.

The college race team is made up of tutors and students who compete in professional races at major circuits throughout the UK. Students get hands-on experience of the motor sport industry, developing cars for racing, maintaining the cars and working on the track and in the pit lane during races.

Sir Doug Ellis OBE, the Honorary President of the college's networking club InBusiness attended an event to hand over the car from Toyota World Birmingham to the college motor sport tutors and students at the Toyota World Birmingham Fort Dunlop Dealership. The event also showcased Toyota's new generation Auris – The All New Toyota Auris and other Toyota vehicles.

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College said: "We are delighted to accept this car from Toyota. At the college we believe it is important for our students to get real hands-on experience in their industry along with their qualifications so when they go out in to the world of work they have the upper edge. This car will mean they will be able to get more experience of working at race events, and the support Toyota will provide is fantastic."

Keith Edwards, Corporate Manager for Toyota World Birmingham added: "We are looking forward to seeing this car at race events throughout the country and hope that it provides some great experiences for the students.

"I'd also like to thank everyone for coming along to this event, which also showcases our new Auris – another great car built here in the Midlands at our Burnaston factory."