Chequered flag for St Hild’s

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A TEAM of school pupils raced past the post to finish first in a miniature electric car competition.

The team of Year 8 and Year 10 students from St Hild’s Church of England School, Hartlepool, who were dubbed as “The Mean Green Electric Machine”, won their category in the Green Power Race at Croft Circuit near Darlington.

The competition, among teams from across the country, involved teams racing their cars as far as they could in one and a half hours.

The school’s electric car’s battery faded after one hour and 15 minutes when it had covered 37 miles.

But when the car broke down it was already 17 minutes ahead of the second-placed team in its category and managed to hold onto the top spot.

Ian Hall, 56, senior teacher at the school in charge of the project, said: “So essentially, in spite of our battery giving out prematurely we still managed to finish two minutes ahead of the car following us.

“We’ve been working on this for two and a half years and this is our second attempt at racing.

“To win our category was significant as there were cars from all over the country.

“We learned from our previous races and managed to modify our car to make it go faster in the race.”

Mr Hall’s pupils utilised a standard kit car for the race and modified their machine to give it the edge it needed over its competitors.

He said the way team had finished the race gave serious concerns to some of the “supercars” that were sponsored by companies such as BMW and Jaguar.

The Mean Green Electric Machine had a top speed of 29mph with an overall average speed of 23mph. The electric car was driven by three 12-year-old students Lewis Ingham, Joseph Leck and Jonathan Thompson. Mr Hall said his team is actively looking for sponsorship.

He said: “We need more funding so that we can focus further on the development of the car. We would like to make the car lighter, more aerodynamic and faster so that we can compete in the ‘supercars’ category.“

lTo sponsor the team contact the school on (01429) 273041.