National Motorsport Academy Graduate Spotlight - Jamie Gomeche 14 August 2018

Jamie Gomeche, is one of the first students in the world to complete his online Motorsport Engineering degree course with NMA!

Following our recent National Motorsport Academy Graduation ceremony, we were able to catch up with Student of the Year Nominee Jamie who now works at Arden as a Professional Race Engineer.

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More about Jamie

"I enrolled on the NMA course as a direct entrant to continue studying but in a new path of motorsport engineering, a lifelong passion and interest. Having raced at an MSA level in karting for a number of years, as well as building multiple kit cars with my dad, I was accepted into the course. I completed the first 2 modules of the 3rd year in Aberdeen whilst working part time in a hotel bar. I was delighted to achieve this. I flew down to the NEC Autosport show in 2017 and gave out many CV’s, and spoke with lots of different companies and teams. My first team that I volunteered for (and still do) was MacG racing.

I flew down a number of times early on to do workshop weekends fabricating and building new parts as well as servicing their cars. My first race weekend was Britcar at Silverstone, where I slept in the garage to help keep costs down while learning what I could from the team. I also had applied to be a part of the NMA race team, having been been selected to work at 2 weekends during the year. In June 2017, NMA Tutors Kieran and Wayne said that there was a position opening up to work in the NMA race team full time, which naturally I jumped at. This would tie in with my final year project which I had selected to be the full design of an aerodynamic package for the new Lotus Evora GT3 race car that the NMA would race in the coming seasons. I worked on the NMA team for 4 months, designing the aero package and ensuring the race team was always ready for the next race or outing. This was only possible with the help of fellow students Dan Galley and Jacob Garland.

After having continued my volunteering for MacG and working with the NMA full time, I was successful in my application to work for Fortec Motorsport as a full time professional race engineer in a number of their race series. I worked in Formula Renault and Formula 4 as a race engineer, with the highlight of working as a data engineer in the final ever round of World Series V8 3.5 in Bahrain. I was positioned to work as a data engineer in World Series in 2018, but as the series no longer existed I was left with no position and was made redundant. I was lucky that Stratton Motorsport was after a new but experienced engineer to take over the full time running of their race team. I moved to Norwich to begin work as chief technical engineer for their new British Formula 3  team. After 3 months, the team was not successful in attracting a driver with budget for the 2018 season as they only fully committed to the series in early 2018; unfortunately just too late for driver to commit to a new team. Luckily Arden got in touch saying they would need a full time race engineer for Formula Renault and would I be interested. So I began work at Arden in March where I have been working ever since.

I completed my NMA degree over the winter of 2017, achieving a 1st class honours degree as one of the first students in the world to complete an online degree course in motorsport engineering."

To find out more about NMA Online Motorsport Engineering Degrees please visit http://motorsport.nda.ac.uk  

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