Young racers revved up for big final

Members of the Ripon Grammar School racing team and their cars at Croft Circuit. (S)
Members of the Ripon Grammar School racing team and their cars at Croft Circuit. (S)

A team of young racing drivers and engineers are looking forward to competing at the famous Goodwood circuit after a top four finish in a schools competition.

The team from Ripon Grammar School accelerated up the rankings in the last race of the day at the Greenpower regional championships with their car Carbon Comet.

The result should take them to Goodwood in West Sussex in October, maintaining the school’s reputation in the Greenpower challenge which has seen it qualify for the national finals every year in the 11 years since it first entered.

Design and technology teacher Stephen Mann said while the team had not won this year, the fourth place had come against stronger competition racing newer cars.

“We’ve enjoyed so much success over the years but given the age of our two cars and the quality of the competition I’m satisfied with our finishing positions,” he said.

“A number of very competitive teams travelled from the Midlands and Cheshire to enjoy the great facilities at Croft Circuit. The main thing was that our two teams had a great time, several of our young students got their first drive at a racing circuit, the cars ran reliably and there were no accidents.”

The grammar school’s second car, Electric Chair, which is used to train younger drivers and engineers, came 27th. The cars are sponsored by Econ Engineering, Ripon Auto Electrics and Ripon Grammar School Parents’ Association.

Held at Croft Circuit, in North Yorkshire, the regional Greenpower competition promotes sustainable engineering to young people.