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Bedford Autodrome Schools Grand Prix: Official Group Test

Thursday 8th April 2010

After spending months designing and constructing their own electric race cars, students from schools across Bedford will gather together, for the first time, at 4 – 7pm, on Friday 23rd April, at Bedford Autodrome. The gathering will provide an opportunity to test their vehicles ahead of the first ever Bedford Autodrome Schools Grand Prix, to be held the follow month (on Sunday 9th May).

The Bedford Autodrome Schools Grand Prix is a project masterminded by ex-Formula One driver, Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision (MSV), with the support of Bedford Borough Council.

Ten schools in Bedford Borough have been given a parts kit by MSV, from which pupils aged 11-16 have designed and built their own electric racing cars. The group test will be the first opportunity for pupils to measure the speed and reliability of their vehicles, as well as eye up their rival’s efforts!

The race itself, on Sunday 9th May, will be a four hour endurance event involving teams of six pupils with mandatory pit stops. Pupils from each school will also commentate on the event, and the school that has completed the most laps at the end of four hours will be declared the winner.

The winning school will be awarded a trophy in memory of the former Mayor of Bedford Borough, Frank Branston, which will be presented by his wife Marlies Branston.

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