Greenpower trophies for school

Pupils from Eyemouth High recently enjoyed some success on the racetrack.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 8:51 am
Updated Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 3:18 pm
One of the Eyemouth High School teams pictured during the race event.

Two teams from the school joined others from Kelso, Galashiels and Duns for the Greenpower race event at East Fortune.

Teams were racing F24, under 16s, and F24+, over 16s, allowing all pupils across the school the chance to experience a race day.

Eyemouth High School won three trophies and the F24 team has qualified to be in the final at Silverstone.

To qualify, teams need to be placed in a Greenpower event and to meet a race mileage set by Greenpower.

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The team did this in race two at East Fortune. The F24+ team can also enter due to competing in two rounds and are currently eighth on the leaderboard in the UK.

The initiative provides the opportunity for students to design, build and race an electric car.

Paul Watson, who manages and coaches the teams, said: “I want to thank all those who have been racing for us, as well as all of our sponsors who have helped to fund this project.

“This is giving our pupils at Eyemouth High the chance to learn about sustainable energy, as well as engineering and manufacturing.

“I also need to say thank-you to Borders College for their continued support and assistance.”

Borders College has been working closely with all of the schools competing – helping them build, design and manufacture Greenpower race cars throughout the past couple of years.

Dave Black and Mark Catto, from Borders College, said: “Well done to both teams and thanks to parents for all the help they gave.

“This includes timekeeping, assisting with car repairs and pit stop battery changes and also for getting the teams up to East Fortune.”

Robin Chapman, Eyemouth High School headteacher, said: “This is another example of a great partnership, which is providing brilliant opportunities for young people and widening their horizons.

“Well done to everyone involved.”

For more information or to follow the journey of the teams, go to the Eyemouth High School Greenpower race cars Facebook page.