Speedy Tigers roar to success

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THEY may have one of the fastest miniature cars in the UK but young racers at St Chad’s CE Primary School are aiming to be named number one.

Known as St Chad’s Tigers the team has had a roaring success at the regional finals of the F1 in Schools competition at Scunthorpe where they raced their car down a 20-metre track in an astonishing 1.079 seconds.

The team has been building the car for the past five months and left victorious with two trophies for the best primary team in Yorkshire and Humber and also Best Team Identity after competing against 16 schools from throughout the UK.

Only one other school in the UK has beaten their track record by just a 0.008 of a second and the youngsters have spent this week at Wyke Plastics in Bradford Road attempting to not only match the speed but to beat it at the national final in Birmingham at the end of June.

Head teacher Graeme Genty said the team did extremely well.

“They were very professional on the day when they were up against quite a few secondary schools.

“The whole team was fantastic and really rose to the occasion.”

The team was also judged on their pit stop and had to do a presentation about the progress of their car in front of two judges who looked at the presentation, the engineering of the car and their portfolio.

“We are hoping for success at the national final. Last year we finished with the second fastest car in the UK so there is only one way to go from there and that is to beat the fastest,” said Mr Genty.

“Engineers at Wyke Plastics are really supporting the team. They are a real inspiration for the children and this week we have been looking at various changes we can make to the car in order to get it to go even faster.”