Warwickshire students in the fast lane at racing competition

Crackley Halls Rip Rockets Tom Lomas, Jamie Smith, Molly McGrory and Jake Lambert and the 'Furious Thunderbolts' Ethan Fletcher, Luca Chapman, Marisa Lucas and Will Robertson.
Crackley Halls Rip Rockets Tom Lomas, Jamie Smith, Molly McGrory and Jake Lambert and the 'Furious Thunderbolts' Ethan Fletcher, Luca Chapman, Marisa Lucas and Will Robertson.
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Students buckled up for life in the fast lane when they took part in a mini version of Silverstone.

They enjoyed the hotly contested regional leg of the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge 2015.

Seven teams of Year 4 pupils from three local feeder schools - Balsall Common, Harbury and Crackley Hall, Kenilworth competed for a place in the national finals in June.

Students designed and manufactured some stunning model cars, which they raced on a 20m track that stretched the length of the sports hall.

Teams had to emulate the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies, such as Jaguar Cars.

The panel of judges, including representatives from Jaguar Land Rover, assessed the teams on their Pit Display, the completion of an on the day technology challenge, their presentation skills and of course the engineering and racing performance of their vehicles.

David Barnard, Jaguar’s National Co-ordinator for the event, said: “All the teams have taken the challenge seriously and as a result the standard we have seen here today has been exceptional.

“It was a very close run competition so all the teams should give themselves a huge pat on the back.”

Crackley Hall’s team the ‘Rip Rockets’ were the overall winners.

Team members Tom Lomas, Jamie Smith, Molly McGrory and Jake Lambert were thrilled to win.

Year 4 class teachers Carrie Holmes and Cat Hardwick said it was a great experience.

Carrie said: “We have had such a terrific time preparing for this event.

“Our two teams did so well and have learnt so much from the whole experience.”

The winners go on to be part of the national finals held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on June 23.