Seventh for racers’ in competition

A team of young racing drivers and engineers have accelerated up the grid after finishing in the top ten of a schools competition.

The team from Bede Academy in Blyth finished seventh in the regional over-16 Formula 24+ championship of Greenpower, which promotes sustainable engineering to young people.

The under-16 Formula 24 team came 13th in their races held at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire, which attracted 43 teams from schools across the north of England.

The team fielded two cars between three 90-minute races, preparing them in the pit lane garages before lining up on the grid.

Mark Davies, head of engineering at Bede Academy, said: “Overall we were pleased with the performances and it was great to get a top ten result. We competed strongly against teams that have been doing Greenpower far longer than us and have been able to develop their cars.

“The students worked as a team and it was great to see their hard work paying off as our cars proved competitive.”

Each car, which can reach speeds of up to 30mph, must comply with all 78 race regulations.