Race is on for Pennthorpe youngsters

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YOUNGSTERS from Pennthorpe School, Billingshurst, will be competing at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on Sunday in the 13th Greenpower National Finals – the highlight of the Greenpower year.

This will be the culmination of a very busy race season where the schools qualified by taking part in one of the 11 regional heats which took place in June, July and September.

The teams of students from 11 to 25 years old will be showcasing their design and engineering expertise when their cars take to the track. Each vehicle powered by the same 24volt electric motor and two 12volt batteries.

Two races will be taking place on Sunday. At 10.30am the Formula 24+ cars will compete in a 90-minute race.

This class, designed for post-16 year old student, puts more emphasis on speed over endurance and sets new challenges for the teams who have graduated from Formula 24.

The original Formula 24 race will then be started at 1pm by Greenpower’s patron the Earl of March and 75 cars will be battling it out over four hours to decide who will be the champions for 2011.

As an endurance race the emphasis is on the whole team who have to work out a careful pit stop strategy to ensure battery power is efficiently utilised.

Humphrey Avon, chairman of the Greenpower Education Trust, said: “2011 has been a hugely successful year and we have been delighted to see the continued development in technology and engineering which all the competitors have exhibited throughout the season.

“As a charity the project’s success is reliant on the support we are given by our partners including Siemens plc and the Institution of Engineering and Technology to name but a few.”

Entry is free to the event. For more information please visit the Greenpower website – www.greenpower.co.uk