A school motor racing team sponsored by precision cold forming and engineering firm Dawson Shanahan has been awarded a cash prize and the title of ‘Best New Team of the Season’. The team, formed from members of a young engineers’ club at Bedfordshire school the Samuel Whitbread Academy, were awarded the prize at Greenpower Formula 24, a contest that challenges students to develop an electric car and compete at major motor racing venues.
The last race of the Greenpower Formula 24 2012 season took place in October, where the Samuel Whitbread team came 9th out of 80. Earlier this year, the team made their spectacular debut at Silverstone, where they achieved an impressive 3rd place finish and a coveted podium position. Following a race at Goodwood, the team then survived a nail biting battery change at Rockingham to finish in 1st place by an impressive margin of eight seconds. The Samuel Whitbread team was delighted to qualify for the finals race and finish 9th, an impressive result for the team’s first year. As the highest placed finalists from the Eastern Region, the Samuel Whitbread team were handed a cheque for £500 from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Eastern Region.
“Motor racing in any form is an expensive hobby,” said Team Manager Dean Rayner, who runs the Young Engineers club at the Samuel Whitbread Academy. “It is only with support from sponsors that students get to experience the great thrills of motorsport and see the fruits of their engineering endeavours out on the track. The transport and logistics provided by Dawson Shanahan have gone a long way to make this season a great success.”
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