Richard races up career path as motorsport mechanic

Date: Friday 28th December 2018

FORMER Appleby Grammar School student Richard Aitken has carved out a career many would dream of — in the fast-paced world of professional motorsport.

The 22-year-old, who is now based in Preston, is a top mechanic for Lancashire-based Ciceley Motorsport — a team which has, over the last five years, achieved great success in one of the most competitive arenas in the world, the British Touring Car Championship.

Before that, he worked for Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport World Rally Team, based near Cockermouth, when it won the British Rally Championship.

He first became interested in motorsport in his early teens, mirroring his dad’s love for cars. “We started going to local stage rallies, which is where I caught the bug,” said Richard, who is the son of Neil and Louise Aitken, of Appleby.

After finishing his GCSEs, he decided to take a two-year motorsport technology course at Myerscough College in Preston and then went on to study for a three-year degree at Myerscough — a BSc in competition car technology.

“After being picked for two years to work on the college rally team, once I started my degree in 2015, numerous job opportunities were offered to me,” he said.

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