WISBECH: Young drivers set to top their best ever performance in endurance test

YOUNG drivers at Wisbech Grammar School are on track to top their best ever performance in a national endurance event. Last year the school s Twin Cambs entry scored a first when one of its teams qualified for the national finals of the Greenpower Electri

YOUNG drivers at Wisbech Grammar School are on track to top their best ever performance in a national endurance event.

Last year the school's Twin Cambs entry scored a first when one of its teams qualified for the national finals of the Greenpower Electric Car Racing for Schools competition at Goodwood - and this year the boys are gearing up to overtake that performance with a record two teams in the final.

Driving aluminium construction battery-powered vehicles, the first team produced the school's best ever performance to qualify for the October 19 final, when they clocked up 105 miles in fours on the circuit at Goodwood.

The boys went on to be placed second in the event at Rockingham.

In the senior race at Bedford on Sunday, Ross Gurbutt, 16, finished in third place and the juniors' second team gained sixth place, notching up 85 miles on the clock, setting a new record for the car.

Both of the school's cars suffered major mechanical breakdowns on the day, but the pit teams worked hard to get them running quickly again.

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The performance of the second team drivers has now virtually guaranteed them a place in the final, alongside their team mates who are already Goodwood bound, but the boys now have to await the outcome of other heats around the country.

Team manager Mr Philip Bannister said: "This is our best ever performance and I am really proud of the team's efforts.