Bilton School makes the Top Thirty!
Glorious Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit was unfortunately blanketed in rain for the whole day of the National GreenPower Racing Final Sunday 13th October.
Bilton School, for the first time, had joined the exclusive club of schools getting two cars to qualify for the National Final, for which qualifying distances had risen yet again this year and the team was looking forward to running the cars against each other on a wonderful circuit and against top-class opposition.
Both cars found the heavy rain very demanding, but several other cars failed altogether and had to retire. Pleasingly, the Bilton cars just kept on going, ploughing through the appalling weather. Bilton’s drivers did astonishingly well as after an hour in the cockpit of these open-topped cars, they were soaked and freezing, but I was proud to see them keep at their task despite the cold and rain.
GTC, the original car, gained fourteen places to finish 56th out of 76 finalists. Even better, POB, our new car, did us proud despite the conditions and for the first time broke Bilton into the top thirty in the country by finishing 29th. This is an excellent achievement and congratulations go to Tom Craddock, Alan Simmons, Beth Blood, Sunesh Mistry, Jake Jones, Tia Mistry and Matthew Flanagan for their skill and perseverance in such trying conditions.
The Bilton team will shortly be visiting the new Silverstone Engineering College to advise their Engineering students on setting up their own Greenpower racing team.