4 x 4 Challenge - Success!
The two teams competing in the National Final of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Challenge headed to the home of British Grand Prix racing, the Silverstone Race Circuit, on Friday 22nd April. Arriving at 8:00am they immediately started to erect their pit display to demonstrate the evolution of their vehicle and the skill behind the design and manufacture as well as marketing their team to potential ‘clients’. Twenty five teams were there to compete and thus competition would be fierce as all teams had been through their regional final and so were the best in their area. Once the display was set up it was off to the welcome presentation and the grand unveiling of the track. Every year we believe that the organisers cannot make the track circuit any more difficult but surprise surprise this year was no exception with the normal elements there but with a twist; with incline rope bridges, offset inclines and steps to go up rather than down and to crown it all the towing circuit was from last year’s World Final with a Virgin Galactic Space Shuttle to tow rather than a straight forward trailer.
The day went very fast with pit display judging, engineering judging and verbal presentations to give as well as driving the track courses with the inevitable mishaps of falling off bridges and the highs of achieving a clear round through an obstacle, once again the star driver of Owen from Lincoln Defenders showed his prowess of towing by completing an excellent run on the towing circuit completed by reversing the shuttle into its garage – maybe a job at the New Mexico Space Port is looming!
After a series of presentations by current Jaguar Land Rover young employees about their route into the company, apprenticeship or graduate, it was time to find out if all the work over the last few months had paid off.
The award ceremony started ……… nominations for the Best Team Identity Award were read out with Pink Lemonade being in the mix of three and the winner was Pink Lemonade which meant that they had retained their title from last year, a great achievement.
Then came the awards for the Beginner Class with Second Place being award to Lincoln Defenders, a fantastic achievement for the team to come 2nd out of 14 competing teams from around Britain.
Unfortunately no places in the World Finals, but next year?
The teams are:
Pink Lemonade – Emily Jago, Sofia Nachit, Rhiannon Ackland and Grace Williams
Lincoln Defenders – Dan Copsey, Wiliam Ghest, Jack Balchin, Edward Sharrock and Owen Frances
Both teams would like to thank their sponsors as without their help they could not have built their vehicle or created their team identities.
Direct Cars (Lincoln)
The Priory Association
Thank you also to Miss Atkinson for putting in a 16 hour day to accompany us to the event.
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