We Are The Champions!

Pupils raced into top gear to win a prestigious, regional engineering challenge.

The electric car built and driven by a team from Healing School won one race and was runners-up in a second, having competed against 36 others at the KCOM Stadium in Hull.

It means, as overall winners, they qualified to race in the national final at the famous Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire during October.

Assistant Principal, Sam Horner, who led the project and took the team to Hull, was "incredibly proud" of its achievements.

Their three drivers, Kieran McCarney, Charlotte Fox and Louis Hedges, won the first race by a lap.

The second saw Alex Hughes, Chloe Bentley and Tom Hughes miss out on first place by one second.

Mrs Horner said: "Although our drivers did a fantastic job, they could not have achieved this without the support of the whole team; especially the marketing group who helped us to have more sponsors by far than any other team at the event.

"A special thank you must also go to Eleanor Johnson, Jessica Clarke, Carly Potter, Ruby Cook and Lucy Snell who, along with our drivers and the pit crew, put in a tremendous amount of work before the race to enable us to be so successful"

The Formula 24 car was designed and created with the help of HFC Catch Engineering in Stallingborough. A total of 30 pupils were involved in the whole project, with 20 travelling to Hull.

They walked away with trophies for first and second places as well as each of the team winning gold and silver medals.

They also won the overall event for racing the furthest distance of 25.87 miles over a 90 minute period in the first race.

The event involved two, 90 minute races.

"All teams had the same motor and one pair of 12 volt batteries per race, so car design and the speed of the changes of driver in the pits was crucial to our success," said Mrs Horner.

Principal at Healing School Mark Knapton was delighted by the team's success.

"I've really enjoyed watching the pupils take on this challenge. They had to apply for a role formally through application forms and interviews before proving their worth by working as a team, with some taking on team leader roles," he said.

There were roles in marketing, journalism, design and build as well as racing and maintaining the car during the event.

Mr Knapton said: "All pupils stepped up to the mark and showed how well they could work within a team, often to very tight deadlines.

"It's also been great to have the support from so many of our local businesses.

"I am extremely proud of all the pupils who all put in a tremendous amount of work before and during the weekend. Well done Team Healing and the Healing Racers!"

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.

Healing Primary School also took part in the event, racing their 'Blue Goblin' and came first in their age group.

The Healing F24 team with Assistant Principal, Mrs Horner, wait for their races to begin.
Year 9 pupil, Alex Hughes on the track.
The victorious Healing team take to the winners' podium.
The Healing team bring home the silverware!

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