Richard Lander Greenpower enjoyed success this weekend coming 11th out of 58 at Goodwood, not crashing or having to be recovered, and raising a substantial amount of money during a bag packing fundraiser as well.
The weekend started well with a great team effort at Sainsbury’s Truro, with students manning 7 tills and displaying top car (RLR1) to the public, to raise a staggering £465. This will go towards new parts and travel expenses. The journey up to Goodwood wasn’t so smooth, however, as we drove past 3 accidents including a car fire, and had to deal with a road closure; we finally arrived at our Travelodge at 11:30.
After a really early start the next day, we set up our pits at 7:40, ready for scrutineering. Scrutineering is the MOT of Greenpower, with a major inspection being necessary once a year. The inspector looked at around 70 different aspects of the car and by then, it was time for the practice race, which went according to plan.
Before the actual race, as a Greenpower photographer, I was given a high visibility jacket so I could go trackside. While I was there I was mistaken for a member of staff and given a flag to hold out onto the track. I did the job and managed to get the photos, one handed, too.
The race itself was eventful with one major crash and lots of cars needing recovery. However, RLR1 performed well, finishing 11th. Whilst this wasn’t our best performance ever, RLR1 still did us proud, and we now know where we can make a crucial change to do even better when we compete in the final in October. We have another race on Thursday, when we will be putting our improvements to the test.