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.