Castle Combe 2016

 

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Slightly frustrating race weekend after fixing the speed controller the car seemed to have good pace in practice and both races. But it appeared to that the batteries ran out and the car was recovered to the paddock where the batteries seemed fine and the car returned to the track to do more fast laps before battery problems striking again only to find they were fine?

Back at the workshop we methodically checked all the connections and found a broken contact in the main isolation switch so new one fitted.

we are making a rolling road to run a race distance simulation.

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Stars In A Reasonably Priced Car!

For the first race of the school year we went to the Dunsfold Aerodrome, this happens to be the Top Gear track! When we arrived, the place was buzzing and everyone was excited. Before we left the pits we had found a fault with the car, but our friends at Rotary Racer helped and we were able to continue getting ready. We finally bolted the car together and got out to race. In the first race we lasted 15 minutes before the car stopped. We spent the rest of the race trying our best to fix the car so we could drive in race two. Race two was our best race yet, we were only 20 seconds behind the winning car!  At one point we were 14th.  We had to end the race early but, we were all happy with the result because we came 25th out of 35th. We’re all really proud and can’t wait for Castle Combe next week.

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First crash!

On the 28th of June, we went to Rockingham Motor Speedway for our first race of the season. We’d just finished improving our car, we’d added a new throttle, a paddle style lever. A new , more aerodynamic back and added new gears. We were ready. It was a 4 am start but the races quickly started. On the grid, we were all excited to see our new and improved car in action. It started. We started well and we were on our way but then towards the end of race 1 we got rear ended by another competitor. This ended our race 1. Our brand new back, fresh from the paint shop, smashed and falling apart. Luckily we had gaffa tape to spare and called for an emergency surgery. The gaffa tape enabled us to continue into race 2 which proved a bit slow due to our handicap.

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1 step forward, 2 steps back

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Recently we made the decision to create an improved car working on what we’ve already learned. It was only then that we realized that this  would involve re-scaling the car completely. This included unscrewing; jigsawing and re-screwing. we’ve made drastic changes to the car. The original height was 600 mm but after making all the changes the height is now 400 mm. This is approximately 25% of the car. Once the sides are firmly reattached we only have 2 main projects: lower the bonnet and reshape the back.



 

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ANOTHER STEP!

This year one of goals was to finish our team board in our school, we printed photos and updated the information. We started off with a few ideas but finally decided on a huge collage as we had too many great photos. This has taken one thing off of our long “to do” list. Next step, Finish the car. Greenpower board.

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Rockingham International Final

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Scraped through qualification for the international final at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

3 hour drive to be in the pit garage 7.30am to set up car for practice, prep slowed by puncture, passed  scrutineering, data log from race control fitted, driver briefing done and out on track.

Race 1. With such a large grid and a tight circuit, the race started with a rolling start behind the safety car as the front of the grid would have completed their lap before the back markers got away raising safety issues so the safety car could pace the lap to make sure all had set off.

90 minutes 2 pit stops fingers crossed and stop watches busy, our lap times seemed comparatively slow but the competition was the best in the world and we started 78th.

Race 2. Early to grid for VIP grid walk Helicopters. TV. Dave Richards, and more all before another rolling start.

We decided to turn up the power for more speed balanced against the batteries lasting the 90 minutes.

unsheduled pit stop on first lap caused panic but quick thinking and strategy change meant we only lost one lap through driver being ill. The rest of race was looking good but we ran out of power on last lap and were classified 55th

So 55th in the championship from 500 schools

Fantastic day at such a great venue

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Castle Combe 2015

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Late September, Sunday morning, bright sunshine. New shape and new livery and all set for a great day.

Free practice went well and all looking good for race 1. Lap times were consistent, driver changes were pretty good and we finished 28th.

Gear change for race 2 should make the car faster but although all went well we finished 28th?

All tense waiting to hear if we had qualified for the international final.

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Rockingham Motor Speedway 2015

imageProper early start to get to the circuit for 7.30am. It Seems a bit early but it’s full on race preparation , Mot, drivers briefing, free practice, it’s full on for sure.

It was the hottest day, 34 degrees, no shade, it’s hot! 45 degree track temperature.

Greenpower success meant record breaking number of cars on the grid and we finished 28th both races, despite changing gear ratios between races

Moved us upto 62nd in the championship from 500 odd schools.

 

 

 

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Merryfield 2015

Joy at finishing the race

Merryfield 2015

Windy with impending thunder storm on a temporary circuit on the naval base airfield. Not as glamorous as historic Goodwood but with a short lap it proved more exciting.

Armed with race data from the previous race we changed the gear ratio, installed a dashboard with electronic read out so we could use our electronic speed controller to manage the power for the race distance and a hurriedly re-arranged back end to optimise the aerodynamics and power unit cooling.

Our goal was to finish both races without a tow truck.

No tow truck required, finished both races 11th and 12th and got a mention on the commentary.

Great racing wind swept and full of hay fever, the helmet was soaked inside with tears 😂

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Goodwood 2015

image4.0 am leave home,7.30 am arrived at Goodwood Motor Circuit for chainreactiongp’s first race of the season, frantic race preparation epoxy resin for nose cone, first time it had been fitted to the car. Batteries, brakes, new back power unit cover all had to be fitted for the first time, talk about leave it to the last minute! 8.30 Mot time, log book ready, car ready, we joined the queue for scrutineering. Passed our Mot, drivers briefing and rushed out for free practice. New batteries and ready for race one, 90 minutes of the historic Goodwood circuit. A last minute hitch with the brakes meant we had to start from the pit lane. Putting in consistent lap times and good pit stops, but the power gave out and Lydia who was driving decided she should retire to the pits, but frantic signalling from the track side telling her to stay out and cross the line to get the extra mileage, she got the message and ended up on the recovery truck half a lap later.

Race two started from the grid seat belt issue cost us two laps and then power failure with 5 minutes to go and poor Lydia returned to the pits on the recovery truck after a 45 minute wait. 3 hour journey home. image

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