Class of 2020 – Finn Burnand-Smith, Y11 - Student Stories - UTC Leeds

Formula 1 enthusiast, Finn Burnand-Smith has secured a place at Askham Bryan College to study a Level 2 motorsport course following his GCSE results.

Finn decided to move from his previous school to the UTC in Year 10 because he wanted the opportunity to learn more about engineering, which he believes will help him on his way to securing a career in motorsport and Formula 1.

He said, “Passing Design & Technology & Engineering Design was crucial for me to get my place at college so I’m really happy.

“After I’ve finished my course, I’d like to do an apprenticeship or get a job with Ginetta or another motorsport company such as United Autosport. I’d love to make my way into a career with Formula 1 – working with the McLaren team would be my ultimate dream!”

Speaking of his time at the UTC, Finn said: “I’ve enjoyed the practical side the most, I’ve learnt a lot of skills I never thought I would have and it’s changed my life in a sense.

“Being here has not only given me the opportunity to learn how to use machines, but it’s also given me the chance to get work experience with Ginetta, where I learnt a lot about motorsport.”

Finn has always had a passion for race cars and Go Karts in his spare time. In 2015 he passed his Junior Kart test to drive at PPIK (Pole Position Indoor Karting) and in 2017 he came 3rd in the KNE (Karting North East) outdoor karting championship competition.

He has also passed his test to race in the adult karts at KNE and met his hero Lewis Hamilton when he went to a Formula 1 race in 2018. He said, “I was there for four days and it was the greatest experience ever!

“It gave me an insight into how hard it is to work there, but I also saw the success and reward that came from it – it only made me want to work for Formula 1 more.”

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