Good fortune at East Fortune for Greenpower racing teams
The College, who compete in the F24+ category, entered both of its cars (one of which is maintained by the Mechanics/Motor Vehicle students, the other by Introduction to Engineering students). The teams participated in two races at the East Fortune meeting, their first races of this season.
Before the morning session, the Engineering team experienced a problem with their car which they managed to rectify before race time, allowing them to finish 1st and 2nd in their two races respectively. The Mechanics, despite navigating a driver change, also managed to achieve 1st and 2nd place on the day, but overall managed to record a higher average speed than their College counterparts, finishing the day ahead of the Engineers overall. In order to enter the season final at Rockingham Motor Speedway in October, teams are required to compete in at least 3 races and have a minimum number of points. These finishing positions put the teams on the leader board securing them a spot in the final.
Compared to their outing at Aintree last season, the Mechanics managed to increase their top speed by 3.6 to reach 18mph, with the Engineers improving by 4.1 to reach 17mph. Overall, the cars’ average speeds have risen by 3mph (approximately 15%). These increases demonstrate the streamlined work and knowledge of the students behind the build of the race cars.
Engineering Lecturer Dale Clancy said that the event had been a fantastic networking opportunity, adding: “It allowed us to get various ideas from other teams on how we might improve our cars. Other Colleges also approached us to talk about our experiences as we are one of the only colleges in Scotland undertaking the Greenpower project. There is a push for this to be included in more Colleges as it is a great STEM initiative, and excellent for cross-curricular development as we embed it in our courses as part of Core Skills with the help of Lecturer Phil Orr.”
Dale and fellow Engineering Lecturer Dave Black extended their thanks to the students, Connor Hendry, Holly Hancock (both of Galashiels), and Stewart Taylor (of Innerleithen) and who all worked very hard on the day prepping the cars, unloading equipment, and generally liaising with each other in order to meet deadlines and pass scrutineering.
Published: Tue 13th Jun, 2017