Whilst Lewis Hamilton was breaking records with his Spanish Grand Prix win on Sunday, Truro High School’s race teams were making their mark on the world-famous Goodwood Motor Circuit earning a Top 15 place in the latest event of the Greenpower race season.

The girls showed exceptional determination and teamwork throughout their time on this renowned race track and were rewarded by their Green Goddess car finishing 14th overall in the IET Formula 24 class.

The school’s fleet of electric cars was on fine form with the Kernow Kittz finishing 24th and the Green Gladiator finishing 27th in the Formula 24 class.

Cars from across the country battled it out on track, all aiming to be back at the iconic venue for this year’s International Final in October. Truro High was the only school from Cornwall to take part.

Due to Covid restrictions, this was the first time the teams had taken to a professional race track in over a year and a half.

Head of STEM, Mr Jon Dean said: “The girls have been working really hard in our workshop and it was such a great feeling to be back on the track – they were so excited. As always, there were some car breakdowns and it was brilliant to see the girls rally together and solve these problems as a team. They showed a lot of spirit and once again really rose to the challenge – I couldn’t be prouder.”

The teams’ next race day will take place next month at Predannack Airfield as they continue to fight it out for a place in the International Finals.

Truro High is the only school in the country to be recognised as an official club by Motorsport UK – a first in UK automotive history which enables students to undertake specialist motorsport training and even work trackside at Formula 1 events.

Last season, its Greenpower teams once again made it all the way to the international finals at Silverstone, one car finished 48th in the UK and the teams won the ‘Spirit of Greenpower’ award for the third time.

As a result of this success, Greenpower selected Truro High’s teams to feature as a case study in February. Its report concluded: “The first all-girls school to win in the F24 category, and a three-time recipient of the Spirit of Greenpower award, Truro High School for Girls strives to put education and inclusion above all else. Although winning is certainly enjoyable, the staff who run the engineering club ensure that the learning of the engineering process and the acquisition of skills takes precedence throughout the project.”

“They also understand that the main reason the students take part in the competition is to have fun and be a part of a close-knit community. There is always a feel of togetherness within the team.”

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