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About the programme

The MIA School of Race Engineering has been carefully designed to equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to develop a career in race engineering, all within an interactive and friendly learning environment. 

Our tutors are successful race-winning engineers from Formula 1, Formula E, BTCC, IndyCar, DTM and F3, who will share their real world trackside experiences with you.

The course is taught at a variety of exciting motorsport venues, which has included SportPesa Racing Point F1™ Team, Silverstone Experience Centre and Cranfield University. You will also take part in an interactive simulator session where you can practice being a Race Engineer with the help of Cranfield Simulation's F1-simulator and a professional racing driver.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an industry recognised certificate which will be an invaluable addition to your CV whether you are looking to further your career or education.

Course Content

  • Aerodynamics
  • Brake Performance
  • Data Analysis
  • Driver Communication
  • Electric Race Engineering
  • Optimising car set-up
  • Performance Engineering 


  • Race Engineering
  • Simulator Engineering
  • Strategy
  • Suspension
  • The Role of a Race Engineer
  • Tyre Engineering
  • Vehicle Dynamics 


James Knapton - Head of Vehicle Science

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

James Knapton has enjoyed a rich career in Formula 1, as the Head of Vehicle Science at Force India, Sauber and Manor F1 teams. Now, he works with Adrian Newey on the Aston Martin Valkyrie project in his role as Head of Vehicle Science at Red Bull Advanced Technologies. 

Ciaron Pilbeam - Chief Race Engineer

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Ciaron has over 14 years experience working as a Race Engineer for 5 different F1 teams, including BAR Honda, Red Bull Racing, Lotus F1 Team, McLaren Racing and now Renault Sport Racing F1 Team.

Gérry Hughes - Commercial Director

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Gérry has over 25 years of motorsport experience working in F1, IndyCar, Formula E and Touring Cars. Gérry has undertaken numerous roles spanning Race Engineering, Technical Director and Team Principal. 

Victoria Guppy - Data Engineer

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Victoria has worked trackside for the last 10 years for F3 and BTCC race teams and joined Manor Racing F1 in 2015 as Trackside Systems Engineer. Now, she spends her weekends data engineering for BTC Racing. 

Geoff Dymott - Race Engineer

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Geoff worked for Williams Racing for over 20 years as a Vehicle Dynamics, Race/Test Data Engineer and Senior Performance Engineer. Now, Geoff race engineers in F4 and Porsche Carrera Cup for Richardson Racing.

Chaz Cleland - Race Engineer

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Chaz has been a Race Engineer for many teams in a wide variety of championships. Now, he Race Engineers for AMD Tuning in BTCC, Leipert Motorsport GmbH in GTs, 360 Racing in ELMS and Ciceley Motorsport in GT4.

Craig Bremner - Senior Analyst

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Craig Bremner joined the Advanced Engineering department of Xtrac in 2016. Now, he works as a Senior Analyst where he optimises motorsport transmission solutions.

Nick Upjohn – Design Engineer

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

After an industrial placement with Xtrac, Nick re-joined in 2018 as a Design Engineer within the motorsport department. Nick is involved with a range of racing transmission projects and also supports the BTCC.

Jason Carpenter - Trackside Engineer

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Jason has spent the last 13 years working in F1. Starting off at Williams, Jason then worked as an F1 Tyre Engineer for Pirelli. Now, he manages the brake and clutch components that AP Racing supply to several F1 teams.

Ian Nash - Technical Sales

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Ian joined AP Racing in 1984 and progressed to Section Leader for Design and Development of motorsport brakes and clutches. He then became Chief Engineer and is now Technical Sales and Business Development Manager.

Jahee Campbell-Brennan - Director

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

After graduating with an MSc in Automotive Engineering, Jahee set up his own engineering consultancy. He has worked for several automotive companies and race teams, race engineering in Britcar and has now shifted focus to motorsport engineering full time.

Gemma Hatton - Course Leader

*** Confirmed for Autumn school ***

Gemma has worked trackside in BTCC, GT and as an F1 Tyre engineer for Pirelli and Manor F1. She has also been Deputy Editor of Racecar Engineering Magazine and now runs her own technical writing business.

Dominic Harlow - Motorsport Engineer

Dominic is part of the engineering team at the FIA who are developing F1 regulations. He has also worked for BMW in DTM, Williams F1 and Force India as well as other leading Race Engineering roles.

Phil Ingram - Race Engineer

Phil is a Formula E Race Engineer for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. He has a wealth of experience, previously working as a Vehicle Dynamics engineer for Red Bull Racing, McLaren Automotive and MIRA. He will be teaching the tactics required to be successful in electric racing.

Sergio Rinland - Managing Director

With over 40 years experience in motorsport, Sergio has been the Chief Designer at Brabham F1, Dallara, Sauber Racing and Arrows Grand Prix. He has also worked for the likes of Benetton F1, Pankl, Tata Motors and AVL. 

Willem Toet - Senior Sales Manager

Willem Toet is a renowned aerodynamicist who has headed aero departments of 4 F1 teams including Ferarri and most recently Sauber. With over 30 years' experience in F1, Willem not only knows all the aerodynamic tricks used in racing but he's pioneered them too!

Rik Kasius - Race Engineer

“The MIA School of Race Engineering is a great platform to boost your race engineering ambitions. The course is well organised and includes a variety of in-depth content and interactive sessions. It is a privilege to help people get that little step closer to their Race Engineer aspirations."

Robert Sattler - Race Engineer

Robert has race engineered in GTOpen, Blancpain and WEC. Since then, Robert has worked for Mercedes in DTM for over four years, winning the 2018 championship with his driver Gary Paffett. Currently, he is a race engineer for RBM-BMW in DTM.

Craig Porley - Race Engineer

Craig has been working in motorsport for over 15 years. Alongside full time jobs at Xtrac and Red Bull Racing, he is also a Race Engineer in BTCC having previously worked for West Surrey Racing, Eurotech Racing and now AmD Tuning. 

Will Hunt - Technical Manager - Bentley Motorsport

Will started at Bentley as a Graduate in 2010 and quickly progressed to Technical Manager in 2016. His wide experience in GT endurance racing makes him the perfect tutor for teaching race strategy.

Tom Hodgson - Head of Customer Racing - Bentley Motorsport

Tom Hodgson has worked his way up the ranks at Bentley Motorsport, starting out as a technical apprentice in 2005 and is now head of customer racing. He has race engineered in many GT categories. 

Tom Cooper - Trackside Engineer

Tom Cooper has worked in motorsport since 2007, starting off at PalmerSport, where he then switched to McLaren GT taking on the role of Powertrain Technician. In 2015 Tom switched to Xtrac where he now works as a Design and Trackside Engineer.

Patrick Coorey - Design Office Manager

Patrick has been race engineering a wide variety of racecars since 1997 working for Audi Sport Australia, Super Nova Racing LTD and then Caterham F1 team. He switched to Formula E in 2014, he race engineered for DS Virgin Racing and then Panasonic Jaguar Racing, where he is now the Design Office Manager.

Ricardo Divila - Race Engineer

Ricardo is one of the most experienced Race Engineers in the world. He has competed at 2,600 races including 286 F1 Grand Prix's, 31 Le Mans 24 Hours and 25 IndyCar races. He has worked with 171 drivers in total, including the likes of Jenson Button, Mario Andretti and Sebastien Loeb. There is no other Race Engineer who can offer as much insight and experience as Ricardo Divila.

Will Phillips - Motorsport Safety Advisor

Will has over 30 years experience in motorsport working as a Race Engineer in F1, IndyCar, BTCC, CART, AIMS and WTCR. He now works for his own consultancy, KW Racing as well as acting as a Motorsport Safety Advisor for the FIA Foundation whilst race engineering in WTCR.

Philip Bishop - Technical Lead Motorsport Aerodynamics

Philip began his career at Caterham F1, developing and optimising the aerodynamic package of the team’s F1 cars. In 2014 he moved to Williams Advanced Engineering where he now works, providing CFD, wind tunnel and track testing support for teams racing in LMP1, World Touring Cars and GT.

As a graduate of the MIA School of Race Engineering

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an industry-recognised certificate of completion from the MIA School of Race Engineering.



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