Greenpower F24 Race at Aintree 21st September 2016

A team of year 10 D&T students travelled to Aintree Motor Speedway track on 21st September to compete in a Greenpower F24 Qualifying race. We took two cars. A kit car which was funded by our sponsors KMF and a car we built from scratch using an old car ‘roof pod’ for a body.

We left school at 7:30 and arrived at Aintree at 9:00 where we went straight to scrutineering to get the cars checked for roadworthiness before going out for a practice session to get the drivers used to the track and fine tune the cars.

On the day there were two races each lasting 90 mins with each car having to use at least 3 drivers in each race- which means two quick pit stops.

We were competing against over 30 cars from both private and state schools from as far away as Scotland, as well as local rivals St Joseph’s College and Newcastle under Lyme school.

In the morning race the roof pod managed an impressive 4th (top Staffordshire school) and the Kit car was 6th overall but second in the Kit car class.

In the afternoon race the roof pod was again 4th with the Kit car slipping back one place to seventh overall but holding onto its ‘second in class’.

When the two races were combined it placed the Kit car third overall and meant we brought back a nice shiny trophy to place in the cabinet!

Most importantly though this means that, with just one qualifying heat left, we are in a strong position to get both cars into the International finals at Rockingham next month.

The students who took part were a real credit to the school and Mr Milan and Mr Eccleston were delighted to have taken them on what was a great day out.


On Thursday 12th May, the Young Engineer of the Year (YEOTY) Team are launching their mission to take a picture of the curvature of the Earth and carry out their marshmallow experiment. The team are sponsored by KMF Engineering, and the school would like to thank KMF for all the support offered to the team.

Please go to our Facebook or Twitter @sjfcc for updates #selfietude

If any of you are interested in following what the team is up to during the day with launching their capsule (sometime between 10am-12pm) to somewhere above 33km, there are two ways to follow the team.

The map:

Look for 16YEOTY (that's us!) on the left menu.

The pictures live from the Raspberry Pi camera:

Look for 16YEOTY again.

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