Green racers make appearance at Rockingham
Chipping Sodbury School’s stable of green racers have been in action at one of Britain’s top racetracks.
The teams’ three cars; Rotary Racer, Chain Reaction and Pod Movement, travelled to Rockingham race circuit for the Greenpower International Final 2018.
A total of 100 cars participated in the final, some travelling from China and Poland to take part.
As a wet practice closed, the first F24 race got underway, with Chain Reaction starting late due to a puncture. The teams realised that all cars were struggling against the torrential rain and the wind. Rotary Racer had display issues which meant they were unable to control the car’s speed. Chain reaction later discovered that their chain was loose causing it to slip.
Despite the weather and the technical issues, Rotary Racer took 8th place, Chain Reaction 35th and Pod Movement finished in 44th place.
A break between the races allowed the teams to dry off, with Rotary Racer even using a hair dryer on their car. In the F24+, race for ages 16+, Rotary Racer and again took 8th, and Pod Movement 23rd.
When the second F24 race began Rotary Racer still had no control over their battery usage but they still managed to achieve a very creditable 5th place despite having to finish the race early. Pod Movement also did exceptionally well in 28th, with Chain Reaction closely behind in 29th.
Overall, the teams were outstanding with these three cars appearing in the top 30 for the first time. Ending the season, Rotary Racer ended in 5th position overall, Pod Movement in 28th and Chain Reaction in 29th out of more than 300 teams nationally.
A spokesperson for the teams said: ‘All the students would like to thank everyone for their participation, especially the parents and Miss McMorrow for supporting them throughout the season. The teams are currently developing their ideas for next year and welcoming aboard the new year 7s who have joined the school.’