Bay House pupils get in top gear at Goodwood eco-friendly car race

DRIVING Pupils, from left, Jarod Jones, Chloe Barr, Robert Vine, Jon-Luke Grantham, Dominic Savio, George Slater, Nathan Rowland, James Cutler, Hannah Smith
DRIVING Pupils, from left, Jarod Jones, Chloe Barr, Robert Vine, Jon-Luke Grantham, Dominic Savio, George Slater, Nathan Rowland, James Cutler, Hannah Smith

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excited youngsters from a school in Gosport are waiting to hear if they have qualified to race in a prestigious competition’s national finals at Goodwood in October.

The Bay House School pupils, pictured above, who are aged from 11 to 15, have just raced their environmentally-friendly car called Bolt against other similar vehicles on the prestigious racecourse.

They put it to the test in a four-hour endurance race, completing 30 laps – the equivalent of 72 miles – without any technical problems and coming in 15th place out of 61 entries.

Now they are hoping the battery-powred car they designed and built from scratch with £1,000 sponsorship from Fareham Shopping Centre will win a coveted place on the Greenpower tournament finale.

Robert Vine, 15, a member of the Bay House Racers, said: ‘We’re pleased we did so well and without any hassles. It was rainy and the weather affected many of the cars, which kept the recovery vehicles busy!’

Fareham Shopping centre director Pam Marsden added: ‘We’re thrilled that the team and their car performed so well.

‘To have competed so well against such strong competition without a hitch is a great credit to the school and the pupils taking part. Very well done to all involved!’