STUDENTS from Blackburn College took part in a track day to mark the launch of the new Nissan Qashqai.

They were given rides by a professional racing driver at Three Sisters Race Circuit near Wigan.

The students, from the college’s motor vehicle centre, also took part in a ‘blind’ parking test, which demonstrated the Qashqai’s new parking assist technology.

The event was organised by the Chorley Group, which operates Nissan dealerships throughout the North West, including Burnley.

Mick Rutter, head of the college’s Level 1 motor vehicle course, said: “It was a great learning experience for all of the students.

“They learnt about the new technology on the Qashqai, including all of the new sensors and safety features that make it one of the most advanced vehicles on the market.”

Andy Turner, managing director of the Chorley Group, added: “We are passionate about developing young people because they are the future of our industry.

“As cars become more and more complicated, the need to produce outstanding young motor vehicle technicians will become greater and greater.”

l Blackburn College is investing £5.5million in a new state-of-the-art motor vehicle centre.