Electric-powered cars race at Goodwood motor circuit

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THE thrill and excitement of racing cars will be experienced by schoolchildren at the Goodwood circuit.

Thousands of people will converge on the track near Chichester, for the 14th annual Greenpower National Finals.

The event, on Sunday, October 14, will see young people from schools and colleges across the country racing electric-powered cars.

And they will have built the cars themselves.

The young competitors have to race their car in a Le Mans-style endurance race, using the power of just two sets of car batteries.

Among the finalists this year are pupils from Horndean Technology College and Bourne Community College, in Southbourne.

The event is run by the Greenpower Education Trust, which uses motorsport to inspire more young people to become engineers.

In doing so, it creates enthusiasm and interest in environmental initiatives and also teaches the students team skills.

Lord March, who founded the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1993, said: ‘Greenpower is a fantastically great initiative.

‘We’ve been involved since the very beginning, and we’re very proud to be part of it.’

The morning race is 90 minutes and the afternoon race is for four hours.

The event is open to all and will be open from 10am to 6pm. Parking is £10 per car.

For more information visit greenpowerfinals.com.