Rose Hill School wins Best Presented Team
The Rose Hill Motorsport team made the long journey to HMS Excellent, Portsmouth, to compete in the first race of the season for the Greenpower Goblin cars. Despite atrocious weather all the young racers were eager for the competition to start, but first the two cars had to pass the important scrutineering safety checks. A few minor niggles were noted and the team swung into action to tighten nuts, change two wheels and they still had time to polish the cars.
A brilliant first run for the Red Devil in the slalom event followed by a very slow run in the Blue Demon – uh-oh. The two cars were now head-to-head in the drag race. Again a faultless race by the Red Devil but the Blue Demon was left crawling. After a quick pit-stop for the Blue Demon another slalom run to see if we had fixed the issue, but it was still slow! After drafting in a fresh pair of eyes in the form of Will, the Greenpower guru, the problem was identified and rectified and the Blue Demons were back in the running.
After a very full action packed morning of events the Red Devil was looking fantastic after winning all six drag races and the Blue Demon was also looking quite racy. The post-lunch action kicked off with a new event called Goblin Parade which led to the Best Presented Team award. This saw all teams lined up in front of their pit garage with their cars and the technical judges walked down the line, interviewing all the pupils about their car and how it works and what materials they used in its construction.
The afternoon race was a sudden death three lap, three car race around a circuit with the winner of each heat going through to a semi-final. The Blue Demon was in the third heat and despite an excellent drive by Ella was pipped to the post by a car that eventually went on to come overall second. The Red Devil was side-swiped on the first corner temporarily taking the car off the track but Max persevered and drove brilliantly; unfortunately he couldn’t reel in the leading car but came in a strong second.
The sun finally made an appearance in time for the prize giving and Rose Hill Motorsport were awarded Best Presented Team - this was for the attention to detail in preparing the cars, the race suits of the teams plus the children’s knowledge about the car. Well done to all the children for their hard work and confidence in speaking to the judges.
A huge thank you to the Royal Navy and HMS Excellent for hosting the event, to the pupils for getting up very early on a Saturday morning and a massive thank you to the parents who support all the children over the day and for making the long drive down to Portsmouth.
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