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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 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 


Ciaron Pilbeam - Chief Race Engineer

*** Confirmed for Sept 2020 ***

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.

James Knapton - Head of Vehicle Science

*** Confirmed for Sept 2020 ***

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. 

Dominic Harlow - Motorsport Engineer

***Confirmed for Sept 2020***

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

*** Confirmed for Sept 2020 ***

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.

Craig Bremner - Senior Analyst

*** Confirmed for Sept 2020 ***

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 – Xtrac

*** Confirmed for Sept 2020 ***

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.

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!

Jason Carpenter - Trackside Engineer

Jason has spent the last 13 years working in F1. Starting off as a Wind Tunnel engineer for Williams F1, Jason then moved to Pirelli and worked as a Trackside Tyre Engineer. Now, Jason works at AP Racing where he once again spends the majority of his time in the F1 pitlane, managing the brake and clutch components that AP Racing supplies to several F1 teams.

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. 

Gerry Hughes - F1 & FE Engineer

Gerry has over 25 years of motorsport experience working in F1, IndyCar, Formula E and Touring Cars. Gerry has undertaken numerous roles spanning Race Engineering, Technical Director and Team Principal. He joins us for the 1st Q&A session and the networking dinner.

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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