Tigers gear up for latest challenge

St Chad's Tigers who will represent the Yorkshire and Humber in the F1 in Schools competition in London
St Chad's Tigers who will represent the Yorkshire and Humber in the F1 in Schools competition in London

YOUNGSTERS at St Chad’s CE Primary School are gearing up for their latest car challenge.

The team known as the St Chad’s Tigers will have the chance to prove they have both the drive and ability when they represent Yorkshire and the Humber in the finals of the F1 in Schools competition in London.

The team - who have designed, manufacturered and raced a miniature car - will travel to the Excel Exhibition Centre at Royal Victoria Docks on March 10 after successfully beating other schools in the region as well as successfully winning the competition within the Brighouse area.

Headteacher Graeme Genty said the team could make up to three cars which all had to be exactly the same. “If any of them are damaged they are allowed to use the spare as long as it is identical,” he said. “The car they are using for the final is different to the one they used in the Brighouse heats - in July last year where the team won the fastest car at 0.647 seconds on a 20-metre track and the best overall team.

“But it’s not just about the car they have to market the team, look at team identity and get sponsorship which is all part of the project. In total there is about eight different sections which they are judged on.”

To raise funds towards their trip the boys have held a car wash, a Formula 1 disco, offered people the opportunity to have their picture taken in a Porsche, kindly lent by Pro Porsche Ltd in Armytage Industruial Estate who is one of the sponsors, and taken pictures of people and stuck their heads on to famous F1 drivers, raising nearly £1,000.