School triumphs in top gear

The winning team and vehicle in Hull.


British Grand Prix home Silverstone could await a champion car-racing team from Healing School.

Pupils won a regional heat in a national competition which sees young people designing, building and racing electric cars.

Healing Racing’s two teams were victorious in the Humber heat, which took place in Hull.

It was the first time the annual schools’ challenge, run by charity Greenpower UK, had taken place on the city’s streets but the second successive year the Healing Racers’ team returned to the South Bank triumphant.

A total of 29 teams from across the Humber region took part in the Formula 24 event, last year held at Hull’s KCOM Stadium.

Healing School Assistant Principal and team organiser, Sam Horner, was delighted by the success.

“The team was absolutely fabulous but could not have done it without the support it has received throughout the year from our sponsors and staff,” she said.

“Our careers co-ordinator Miss Nikkita Henshall has, especially, put in an incredible amount of work and organisation, which has allowed us to remain F24 champions, and have the opportunity to race at Silverstone.”

She also thanked the staff who travelled to lend support to the Healing Racers.

While 16 pupils were involved on the day in the pit lane and driving, 30 pupils from Year 7 to 11 had taken part in total.

The idea is to go the furthest distance in 90 minutes with no batter charges. There must be two stops in each race and three drivers.

“Well done all, it was another great example of Team Healing at its best and being successful,” said Mrs Horner.

She thanked this year’s sponsors Online Design and Engineering, MHI Vestas, H. W. Construction Group and Phillips 66.

Two years ago, when the car was originally built, they were backed by ABP, BOC, Jacobs, Philips 66 and Lenzing Fibers

Other heats across the country take place into September. Currently, Healing has qualified in 34th place out of 98.

The final is in October and, with losing some Year 11 pupils, Healing will have to compete in another round to get drivers approved and experienced.

They are racing again in July next and will be working on improving the car until then.

Principal Michelle Dewland congratulated pupils and staff.

“To beat stiff competition from schools and colleges across the Humber region is a fantastic achievement for our school,” she said.

“It’s a terrific, enjoyable and rewarding way of encouraging boys and girls into the STEM subjects. Hopefully, they can make it through to Silverstone.”