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Caitlin Bunt '16

Course studied:
MSc Motorsport Engineering

Caitlin came to Brookes on a scholarship and has gone on to be the first female winner of the Infiniti Engineering Academy. She now works as a performance Engineer with BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan in the USA.

Caitlin Bunt

What inspired you to study Motorsports at Brookes?

I chose to study at Brookes because of its connections with Formula 1 teams. Oxford Brookes reputation within the industry was that the brightest students study there and graduate to the best teams in Motorsport.

How did you find the scholarship application process?

The scholarship application process was seamless and easy to understand. All of the information regarding the scholarship could be found on the website.

What have you been doing professionally since graduation?

Since graduation, I was the first female winner of the Infiniti Engineering Academy which allowed me to work for the Renault Sport Formula 1 team for 6 months. In parallel, I also supported a Ferrari in the European Le Mans Series with JMW Motorsport. As a Data and Performance Engineer for JMW, we won our class at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans and clinched our series' championship.

For a period of time, I did fly-in trackside support which includes a class win with Kessel Racing at the 24 Hours of Spa and support of a PURE McLaren event. Since then, I have accepted a full time position with BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan in the USA as a Performance Engineer. This year, we are racing in the IMSA Sportscar Championship with the BMW M8 GTE race car.

Do young people, especially women contact you for processional advice?

Yes. I occasionally have young people reach out to me for advice. I am happy to answer any questions they have. I am a member of the Dare to be Different organization, so I always direct young women to this network of fantastic ladies in and around motorsport.

Have you been mentored? By who?

My parents and my boyfriend (who is also a Brookes Motorsport Engineering graduate) were very supportive of my motorsport career. However, within the Brookes community, I found myself with many fantastic mentors. Some of the many are Brookes lecturers James Balkwill, Denise Morrey, Dan Bell, and Colin Bell.

2018