Phil Franklin graduated in 2007 with a BEng (Hons) in Motorsports Operations.
Phil joined the Motorsports Operations course at UCLan as he had always aspired to work in an operational role within Motorsport as a team manager, strategist or working on the pit wall or ‘prat perch’.
From his course, Phil learnt competition car preparation and the fundamentals of engineering. During his second year, he worked for a Porsche Carreras cup team and also a Formula Renault UK team to learn car mechanics. In Phil’s spare time, he worked alongside placement students at Juno Racing, learning the skills of machining and fabricating parts from scratch.
He said: “From the start we were immersed in direct motorsport experience with the University Formula Ford team, which taught us car preparation, logistics and the basics of how race teams operate.
“By the time I graduated from UCLan I had three years motorsport experience, which helped me get a racing job once I finished. In comparison, a lot of my peers at other universities had no real-life experience of motorsport or cars.”
Since graduating, Phil continued as a mechanic within Formula Ford, Formula BMW and German F3. He then got the chance to join Formula Palmer Audi where he was in charge of running his own car, which allowed him to build his skills even further.
After two years, Phil joined Formula Two as a Storesman, which greatly improved his prospects of working in an operational role within a large motorsport company. He then joined Ginetta Race cars as the Stores Manager, where he was in charge of five storesmen and running their two parts truck 18 races a year. Phil currently works as a Deputy Stores Manager and Parts Controller at the prestigious McLaren GT based in the old Formula One facility. He is responsible for customer liaison and goes to all the large European races offering technical and parts support.
“Without learning the basics and getting the chance to start my motorsport experience at UCLan, I do not think my career would have taken off as it has.”