Racing schoolchildren get £1,000 boost from centre

DONATION The Bay House Racers
DONATION The Bay House Racers
From left, Paul Stanley, Jo Crisp, George Heasman, Mercedes Bevan, Luke Galea and Bethany Bevan from Highbury College

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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.’