Racing schoolchildren get £1,000 boost from centre

DONATION The Bay House Racers
DONATION The Bay House Racers
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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YOUNG engineers in Gosport are gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime thanks to a £1,000 cheque from Fareham Shopping Centre.

The centre is sponsoring a team of nine 11 to 15-year-old students from Bay House School – known as the Bay House Racers, pictured – who are designing and constructing an environmentally-friendly car to race against similar vehicles from around the UK on June 12.

Pam Marsden, centre director, said: ‘This project is a great opportunity for our young people. A lot of imagination, hard work and creativity has gone into their vehicle so far.’

The Greenpower project is part of a national initiative run by charity Greenpower Education Trust to promote careers in engineering.

The Bay House Racers have already had a practice day in their car which they have named Bolt and are making improvements to it in preparation for a race day at Goodwood race track. If they qualify, they will go through to a national final later in the year.

Robert Vine, 15, said: ‘Bolt is developing well. We have recently painted the undercoat of the body work and finished the wheel coverings. Next week, we plan to reassemble the car ready for practice.’