Greenpower racers buoyed to third and fourth by Williams F1 team’s support
BIDEFORD College Racing have hit the track for their second season of Greenpower Racing.
Having set a high benchmark last year when the team reached the national finals, the JRB Special car had a lot to live up to at Newquay Airport last week.
Over the winter, teaching staff at Bideford College called upon contacts at the Williams Formula 1 team to help with an A-Level project to design a new carbon fibre steering wheel for the car.
Technology teacher Nic Hedges said: “The staff at Williams F1 have been incredibly supportive of our team and A-Level students, and we really can’t thank them enough”
With the new F1-style carbon fibre steering wheel fitted, the team lined up on the grid with an air of confidence.
20 teams entered the first South West regional heat of 2014 and there was some fierce competition once more from some vastly more experienced teams.
With a new race format of two one and a half hour endurance races, the Bideford team decided to split their drivers into two sets: the boys and the girls.
The girls went first and got off to a flying start, showing the kind of pace which got them to the season final at Goodwood last year.
Reliability was on the JRB Special’s side and by the time the chequered flag was waved the girls’ team had secured a solid third-placed podium finish.
A few tweaks of the car and it was the boys’ turn.
Again, they showed good pace and were able to keep up with some of the front-runners for the majority of the race.
With the batteries dying in the final moments, the boys did enough to secure fourth.
As well as their remarkable achievements on the track, Bideford College racing also won two trophies for ‘best kit car’ in both of its races.
The Williams-inspired steering wheel surely helped the team, and just three days later it was the F1 team who were finishing third and fourth at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The team are keen to continue to develop the car ahead of the challenges which lie ahead, and are actively seeking more local people or businesses to support their journey.
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