Many congratulations to our intrepid karting team on a successful first outing on the same day Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix!
Rei Ishikawa, Monty Johnstone McLaren-Clark, Liam Strangemann and Laurie Teare enjoyed a super day at Goodwood. On
arrival their first hurdle was passing the Greenpower scrutinisers 20 point check list - they take health and safety very seriously.
Thankfully they passed with flying colours.
The 2nd challenge was the time trial slalom. Touching a cone added 10 seconds to the timed
finish time. This was a tricky task as the cones were quite close. Many boys mowed down at least a dozen cones but a special mention goes to Rei whose steering control was commendable.
After all the boys had at least one turn on the slalom the
next task was the drag race. All karts needed a 2 second push for the belt
drive to operate efficiently. Monty and Laurie did well here thanks to their
brute pushing strength and their ability to steer a straight line.
After this there was an inter-school relay and a timed
pit stop challenge where the team had to remove a kart's wheels, place them on
the floor, and then re-attach them to the kart.
The final piece de resistance was the Goodwood lap of
champions where all 96 karts made a timed race lap of the Goodwood track. Only
one boy per team could take part in this. The lucky boy was Liam Strangemann.
Although we didn't win any prizes, the boys had a great day out, and special thanks go to Mrs. Strangemann for so kindly laying on a van
to make transporting the kart a doddle.