Speedy Success for Porter Sport Racing

The UK automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy worth more than £82 billion turnover and adding £18.6 billion value to the UK economy*.

SyntheSys has been providing Engineering services to the automotive industry for several years which is why we were thrilled to hear of an interesting and unique opportunity to get involved with local motor car racing team, Porter Sport Racing, via an exciting sponsorship arrangement.

Tom Porter, 25, from Gateshead established Porter Sport Racing in 2019 after his interest in vehicle manufacturing and production lead him to a world of motor sports racing. Tom is currently competing in the Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.

Tom started off as a keen track day goer but soon realised he wanted more, he wanted to go racing! So, in 2019 Tom competed in the Super Lap Scotland as a guest driver in his Fiesta ST at the Croft away round, he had great success finishing second in class. After the event and talks with LUX Motorsport, Tom decided he wanted to compete in the 2020 Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.

Following on from this decision, Tom purchased a base car and started building it into the race car you see on the grid. Tom gained his mechanical experience building his Fiesta ST and working with Jamsport Racing in the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) Fiesta Championship and Mini Challenge.

Tom Porter from Porter Sport Racing commented: ‘‘It’s great to have SyntheSys on board for my debut season in the Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup. After a disrupted start to the season due to the ongoing pandemic it’s great to finally be out on the track racing in the Mini. We managed to complete two pre-season test days to shake the car down and check for any issues as well as dial in the set up on the car. The car performed fantastically on both days thanks to LUX Motorsport with their set up expertise. So far, we have completed two race weekends and are looking forward to the rest of the seasons with SyntheSys onboard.’’

SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John Hartas commented: ‘’It’s not very often that such a vibrant opportunity to support young talent presents itself in our business areas and we are thrilled be involved with Porter Sport Racing. The precision and commitment involved in preparing and competing in these races is commendable.’’

If you currently work in the automotive sector and would like to hear more about the role systems engineering can play in complex automotive engineering development programmes, please email cet@synthesys.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1947 821 464.