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Syntax teams up with young driver to inspire engineering recruits

Syntax will be sponsoring the 18-year-old driver in this season’s Michelin Clio Cup Series and including him at engineering recruitment events across the region.

Randon, from Ashbourne, is an engineering apprentice at JCB and started racing in junior karting leagues when he was 12, working his way up to become a front runner in the British National Karting Championship by the age of 16

Having picked up a host of trophies, he moved up to cars last season with several successes including two overall wins and five second places in his rookie year.

This year driving for top race team SV Racing under the tutelage of ex-touring car driver Danny Buxton, Randon’s goal is to progress through the race car classes and reach the British Touring Car Championship in 2017 which is the flagship motorsport event in the UK.

His father and manager Neil Randon said: “Sam’s love of karting and his interest in the mechanics of how the vehicle works inspired him to apply for the JCB Academy and then for an apprenticeship with the company.

“Although his career is going well in racing, he is realistic that he needs to think longer term and recognises the fantastic opportunities that working for JCB will bring him.

“This is obviously an expensive sport and we rely on sponsorship support. Our sponsors are however more than just a logo on the car and we work in partnership with businesses in whatever way we can to support their business goals.

“Sam’s focus and motivation has been recognised both at JCB and through the British Motor Sport Association Academy of which he is a graduate Ambassador so the tie up with Syntax and their work to recruit young people into the industry is a perfect fit.”

Roger Frost, managing director of Syntax Consultancy in College Place, Cathedral Quarter, added, “Sam is a fantastic role model for young people.

“He has shown great dedication to be successful in this sport at such a young age and is successfully combining this with an apprenticeship at one of the world’s largest engineering companies.

“Skills shortages in engineering and manufacturing are well documented and the key to the future of manufacturing in this country is therefore to inspire more young people to follow this career path.

“We attend and indeed organise a wide range of engineering recruitment events to support our clients and look forward to welcoming Sam to speak about his own experiences which will hopefully inspire other young people to follow his lead.

“We are following his season closely and are looking forward to seeing him in action at the end of May at Donington Park.”


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