A TEAM of 10 budding engineers from Leek High School followed in the tyre tracks of top racing drivers when they visited the former home of the British Grand Prix.
Members of the school’s Young Engineers Club put their green-powered motors to the test at the Aintree Motor Club Raceway in Liverpool, where they took part in a national competition for green-powered cars.
Two cars designed and built at Leek High took part in the Green Power challenge, in which schools design, build and race electric cars using a controlled electric motor and batteries at racing circuits all over the UK.
Students split into two teams to race the 1.5- mile track, which is located on the circuit originally used by the British Grand Prix and situated right next to the Grand National race course. And the grand finale on September 12 saw the lads get to grips with a four-hour duration race in the afternoon. Each car is allowed three sets of batteries and the one which goes furthest on them wins the race.
Team Thunderbolts, consisting of Brandon Mellor, Alex Burrows, Aaron Rommelrath, Joseph Leese and Liam Hayes suffered a puncture and had to retire just before the end of the race. But Team Derek, led by seasoned racer Isaac Lees from Year 11, with Jago Mansel Thorogood, Sam Lockett, Alastair Smallwood and Ashley Boswell, completed the full four hours for the first time in Leek High’s history of taking part in the annual event.
Technology teacher Nick Garner said: "Although we didn’t come away with any trophies, overall the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They were so enthused by the racing that, on the way hom, they were already talking and sketching ideas on how to improve the car for next year.”