Electric Atmosphere at Mallory Park
Early on Monday 24 April, a group of RGS students set off to the Mallory Park racing circuit to compete in the first Greenpower Race of the season.
The team consisted of eight Year Seven pupils and four Year Eight pupils, and, after an hour’s journey, they arrived at the circuit, where they were met by the organisers and other competing teams. The atmosphere was electric, with a sense of friendly competition in the air. The pupils wasted no time in getting their car, ‘Superformance’, race-ready, checking the battery, tyres, and other vital components. They also had to complete a series of safety checks before being allowed to take to the track for practice.
When Race One began, ‘Superformance’ burst into action with the Year Seven pupil taking it in turns at the wheel. The circuit was a breeze, with soft turns, but the pupils handled it with care and attention to detail. They drove the car with growing confidence, as their peers cheered them on to a fifth place finish. The Year Eight pupils were in the pits, analysing the data from ‘Superformance’s’ sensors and monitoring the battery life. They worked together to make quick adjustments to ensure that the car was running at maximum efficiency.
Race Two was intense, with several teams vying for the top spots. In the end, ‘Superformance’ crossed the finish line fourth, to the delight of the pupils and teachers. They had worked hard and persevered through the challenges, and their efforts had paid off.
At the prize giving, Edward Roberts (Year Eight) was awarded a special prize as he had entered a competition over the Easter break to calculate how far you would need to travel to visit all of the 2023 races. In the end his entry was only 3 miles off the actual distance of 5616 miles! Edward’s win means that ‘Superformance’ has automatic entry into the International Final in October!
After the race, the pupils celebrated with high-fives and hugs, proud of their achievement. The journey home was filled with excited chatter, as they reminisced about the race and planned for future competitions. It was a very memorable day, filled with teamwork, determination, and fun.
Well done to all who took part: Lexie Small, Isla Wilson-Thomas, Immy Warne, Mia Lilley, Alice Benbow, Yuvraj Kang, Tom McElhannan, Oliver White, Pru Goodison, Verity Bond-Evans, Amelia Gutteridge, Edward Roberts and Alfie Ross.