Olympic cyclist Jason Kenny competes against public on racing simulator

Olympic cyclist Jason Kenny competes against public on racing simulator

Jason Kenny taking part in the simulator challenge

Jason Kenny taking part in the simulator challenge

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

BOLTON’S golden boy Jason Kenny OBE has indulged his other passion — racing fast cars.

The three-times Olympic gold medallist was at one of the world's biggest motorsport shows — Autosport International at the NEC Birmingham — to showcase the University of Bolton’s new state-of-the-art and first-of-its kind centre in the country to have an in-house racing team on a campus.

The world track cycling champion, who also drives in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge Series, used his skills on the simulator challenge and competed against visitors to the show.

Jason said: “I’m a big fan of the university and I know all about the Motorsport degrees.

“I'’m really interested in them and the guys are so enthusiastic.”

He is the second high profile star to test his skills on the simulator, which is on the university’s stand at the show.

Last week, Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, who plays Andy Sugden in the hit soap, took part in the racing car simulator challenge.

Kelvin, who races in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, joined would-be students in trying out the simulator.

Those who recorded the three fastest times during the show were rewarded with a discount on their course fees if they signed up on the public days at NEC on Saturday and yesterday.

Students from the university’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE) also showcased their learning on campus and on the track.

A supercar — The Bolt, built by Bolton-based Keating Supercars — designed to break the land speed record is on show to potential owners.

The Bolt will be aiming to beat the world production line vehicle land speed record — aiming for 340mph — later this year.

It was also on show at the event for potential buyers.

Tony Keating, chief officer of Keating Supercars and a University of Bolton graduate, is donating the first production line Bolt to CAPE.

Bolton Wanderers sponsors FibrLec, a sustainable energy firm working with the university, also had a stand at the show. FibrLec’s new product has the potential to generate electricity from motion, making it a strong contender for the motor industry investment.

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