Schools in Goodwood endurance challenge

Seaford College. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Seaford College. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

TEAMS from schools across the Midhurst and Petworth area will today (Sunday, October 13) be battling it out on the Goodwood track.

Dorset House School, Seaford College and The Weald School will be taking part.

Lord March, the owner of Goodwood, is patron of the Greenpower Education Trust, a charity that inspires and enthuses young people to consider a future in engineering.

More than 100 teams involving more than 1,000 students aged between 11 and 25 will compete at the motor circuit in single-seater electric race cars they have designed and built.

The main race of the day is for 11 to 16-year-olds, who compete in a four-hour endurance race, using the power of just three sets of car batteries. Speedy pitstops are essential, to enable each of the minimum of five drivers in the team to take over for their stint on the track.

The Greenpower challenge to design, build, and race a single seat electric car, run by the Greenpower Education Trust, provides young people with an unique hands-on opportunity to engage in engineering.

Around 100 teams of young people from all over the UK will have battled it through the regional heats to earn their place in the Greenpower finals which return today at the Goodwood Motor Circuit.

As well as two fiercely-fought endurance races, the 2013 event offers entertainment and interest off the track.

The event will run from 10am-6pm, and parking costs £5 per car (competitors free).

On the day, a schools presentation will take place at 2pm. The presentation is intended for schools which are not currently a part of the scheme to learn more about it and to get involved with Greenpower.