St George's Academy currently run a Greenpower Racing club on Ruskington Campus where a number of students have the opportunity to build and race cars.
The Greenpower team were featured on BBC's Newsround, where BBC sports reporter, Mike Bushell, travelled to the Academy's Ruskington Campus to find out more about Greenpower. Following is the Newsround feature which was aired nationally:
Tuesday 3rd July – Off to Anglesey we went, with high expectations and got off to a good start, with a 3rd place for Blaze, 6th place for Sirocco and 7th place for Mistral. Blaze was 4 miles ahead of 4th place and only beaten by the best team in competition. In race 2 we did a few minor tweaks, with Blaze gaining 3rd place again and an extra lap on top of the first race. Sirocco finished 4th and Mistral 5th. Overall it was a great event for us, where we also picked up ‘Best Presented Team’
Wednesday 11th July – The Rockingham Heat is always a huge event with all of the top teams turning up. Race 1 was a bit of a disaster. Both Blaze and Mistral had mechanical issues. Unfortunately Mistral was not reparable and is now sat in the workshop ready for repair. Blaze went very well for the first 70 minutes, clocking up 30.9 miles (21st) and a fastest lap of 2:51 around the 1.47 mile track, before it had movement on one of the rear axles. Sirocco trundled round as per usual, clocking up 32.3 miles and finishing 19th.
In Race 2 both cars went off well before a red flag 9 minutes in saw the race halted for 21 minutes before the restart. At which point this allowed us to drive Blaze with more aggression. On lap 12 Blaze put in a 2:28, just 1 second off the fastest lap of the day. It continued to run well, gaining 33.8 miles in a reduced 70 minute race. Quite impressive and 4th place to top it off. Sirocco finished 21st.
Monday 16th July - The first ever race in Lincolnshire, and Blyton Park was the venue. We decided to only take the one car and Blaze was off to a flyer. In Race 1 it went off at a nice gentle pace, clocking up 235.2 miles and 6.4 miles ahead of second place, with the last lap our fastest of the day so far with a 1:44 around the 0.8 mile track.
Race 2 we went off with higher gearing, completing 3 extra laps and a distance of 37.6 miles. With a fastest lap of 1:41 and 7.2 miles (9 laps) ahead of 2nd place. 1st position in both races and comfortable winners.
Looking forward to September we have 2 races, Dunsfold Park on the 9th September and Castle Combe on the 16th September.
|For more information about Greenpower, speak to Mr Mitchell, or visit the Greenpower website at http://www.greenpower.co.uk/|