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Rockingham - International Final - October 2015

The super-speedy Greenpower team from Sir Jim’s are now International Champions – after a superb weekend of kit car racing at the Rockingham Motor Speedway track in Corby.

The team, guided by the school’s Subject Leader for Art, Ben Langton, powered their way to the Greenpower International Finals after battling in style against opposition in local and regional heats.  At Rockingham, over a weekend of racing, the team members triumphed over not only home-grown British kit car rivals, but also teams from around the world, from America to Poland and South Africa to Ireland.

The team, who have worked on their car, the ‘Retro Rocket’, since January, returned to Cornwall with an array of trophies, medals and winners’ wreaths. Not only was theirs the first kit car home in the finals on Saturday, they also then won the endurance race on the Sunday, totting up the most overall mileage. Their aim was to travel as far as possible in one and a half hours, swapping drivers every half hour, and conserving enough battery energy to gain the most mileage at the best speed.

The jubilant team comprised current and past students from Sir Jim’s.

Celebrating at school on Monday were the current students – Toby Alford, William Hooper, Tom Davis, Dan Blackwell, Isla Symons, Harvey Symons, Alex Ferguson and Alex Quinn. Past students, who left in July after completing their GCSEs, who have participated in ‘Retro Rocket’s’ great success include Peter Alford, George Hooper and Louis.

Mr Langton, who brought Greenpower to the school for the first time this year, praised the positive attitude of his team, who overtook their rivals on the last lap to win one of their trophies. He also highlighted how beneficial the whole project is, encompassing subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering and technology, in the building and driving of the kit car.

He also extended thanks to the sponsors of the team – Dairy Crest, Kernow Properties, ADP Diamex and Highfield Motors - and said that the team would now be set on building a new car for next year's Greenpower races.

Headteacher at Sir Jim’s, Jon Lawrence, said of the team’s achievement: This shows just how talented our students are. Sir Jim’ is a small state comprehensive up against the might of very large schools, many of them private and some of them with superb engineering departments. This was when David beat Goliath!”