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Racing Update

Posted by [email protected] on October 18, 2012 at 4:15 AM

We've had a busy few weeks. On Sunday 23rd September we raced at one of the qualifying heats at Dunsfold race track (the Top Gear race track), this made us qualify for the final which was 3 weeks later, on Sunday 14th October.

Last weekend the Greenpower National final took place at Goodwood race track. 75 teams took part in the race. We had a reasonably good start and about half way through the race had made our way into the top 30.  However, shortly after, whilst racing, the tire was damaged so we were forced to leave the race for a while, in order to repair the damage to our car. Unfortunately we lost 30 minutes of valuable raceing time, so by the time we returned to the race, our car was placed around 60th (out of 75 cars). We managed to gain a few places in the remaining time, and by the end of the race we placed 47th out of 75 cars. Although this result was quite dissapointing, especially since last year we came 19th and we know we could have achieved the same this year, the event that took place was unavoidable. Even though we weren't as successful as we had hoped, the race was a wonderful experience for us. Driving the car was incredibly fun and made all the work we had done to the car throughout the year worthwhile.

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