SCH Motoprep Technical Manager and Rob Smith made a promising start to this year’s motorcycle race season by securing three top five class finishes at Donnington in the first meeting of the season.
Rob was making his debut in the Thundersport GB club GP1 sportsman class after winning the Freshman class last season and his challenge this season will be boosted by riding an updated BMW S1000RR.
Having started 26th out of 40 on the grid after a frustrating qualifying session, Rob worked his way through the field in the first of the weekend’s three races to finish third in his class and 18th overall, with his lap times ensuring a higher starting place on the grid for the second race.
Rob, who is supported by SCH in his racing endeavours, overcame a disappointing start to bag a fifth place in the second race and, after getting off to a better start in race three, had a great battle with Callum O’Shea for a few laps to eventually hold him off, securing a finish fourth in class and 17th overall.
It was a successful first outing on the SCH Motoprep BMW S1000RR and Rob is now looking forward to the next round at Oulton Park on April 21-22.
SCH MotoPrep, the BMW car and motorcycle technical preparation arm of the group, has taken on its first apprentice technicians.
Alex Harfield (19) and Miles Budd (18) have joined the company on a three-year apprenticeship that will eventually see them qualify as ATA (Automotive Technical Accreditation) graded technicians.
Alex, from Crowthorne, will spend his three years working between SCH’s Farnborough motorcycle workshop and a BMW motorcycle retailer in Guildford, along with studying at BMW’s training academy near Reading. Miles, who hails from near Northampton, will also spend part of his time at the academy, between working at SCH’s motorcycle PDI centre at Sywell.
During that time, they will become fully versed in all technical aspects of BMW motorcycles, from fault diagnosis to major overhauls, culminating in their graduation with full automotive technical accreditation.
SCH MotoPrep Technical Manager Rob Smith explained: “We looked upon this as an opportunity to invest in the industry’s future skills base while underlining our commitment to the BMW training programme.”
Alex and Miles emerged from a rigorous selection process to win their places on the SCH MotoPrep apprentice scheme.
Alex explained: “This is a great opportunity to embark on what I am sure will be a rewarding career,” while Miles added: “I’m really grateful to SCH for giving me the chance to become a qualified technician and part of the famous BMW brand.”
Photo shows: (l to r) SCH Motoprep General Manager Chris Lee, Miles Budd, Alex Smith and SCH Motoprep Technical Manager Rob Smith