Move Over Lewis Hamilton

Charlotte Fox and Kieran McCarney are hoping to be selected to be part of the Formula 24 racing team.

Pupils are looking to find top gear and engineer a motor-racing success.

Healing School has signed up to Formula 24, which gives pupils the opportunity to design, build and race an electric car.

Heats will take place across the country, with local races to be held in Hull over the summer as part of the City of Culture celebrations.

Principal Mark Knapton said everybody involved in the project was very excited. "It involves a whole range of skill sets, and is not just about the drivers and pit crew," he said. "Pupils have to build the car from a kit and there is also the business side, marketing the project through social media and finding sponsors."

"There will be a team of up to 60 involved to get the car to the start line in Hull."

Pupils across Years 7 to 10 have been invited to apply to join the team, with potential drivers going through a selection process. Two early favourites to take the seat are Charlotte Fox (Year 9) and Kieran McCarney (Year 10) who both compete in karting.

"Those who would like to be considered as a driver will go through a full selection process," said Mr Knapton. "There is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the project and we hope that it will inspire our students about science and engineering, in particular."

The nationwide project is run by Greenpower Education Trust, whose objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people.

Teams compete in at least one regional heat and the top three qualify for an international final held in October at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire.

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