Former student Lucas Romanek has spoken about his time at UTC Swindon, saying how it supported his early ambition to become the racing driver he is today.
“I have always had a passion for motorsport and started karting when I was 12,” he said.
“I was lucky enough to be successful and quickly started winning races. In year 10 I switched to UTC Swindon. This was a big move; I would be leaving all my school friends behind to start a new school.
“I chose UTC Swindon as I really liked the engineering facility and the Systems and Control course available. I quickly gelled with others and made lots of friends, which I am still in touch with today.
“I always felt that UTC supported my racing career and the need to do testing on a Friday before a big race meet. A racing weekend is exhausting, and I felt UTC teachers understood the pressures I was under when competing.
“I finished Year 11 passing all my GCSE’s with the grades I needed, plus BTEC Engineering level 2.
“I would have liked to have stayed for Year 12 and 13 at UTC, but I had the opportunity to attend the Motorsport UK academy at Loughborough College on their driver course and just couldn’t turn that down.
“I have continued to be a successful racing driver, moving from Karts to Cars this year .
“In my rookie year I won the Champion of Brands Formula Ford race in the final race of the season at Brand Hatch, November 20, 2021.
“I finished seventh in the National Formula Ford championship, took two podiums at Silverstone and Brands Hatch and finished sixth in the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone in October, competing against over 100 drivers.
“I would encourage anyone who has a passion for engineering and the technical subjects to make the move to UTC.”