The Richard Lander Racing Greenpower team took part in the National Finals at Goodwood Motor Circuit for the 4th year in a row in treacherous rain soaked conditions on Sunday. The team had qualified for this prestigious event though their victory at the South West Regional heat earlier in the year. The testing conditions would prove problematic for many teams, Richard Lander Racing included who suffered a puncture, and also had a bad set of batteries that failed 20 minutes short of target. Despite the setbacks the team pulled back up to 20th position out of 76 teams. Richard Lander Racing was also proud and honoured to receive the coveted 'Greenest Car' award, due to the cars sustainable construction.
Mr B Lloyd-King
“…. I’m pleased you appreciated your award, thoroughly deserved in my opinion and I can tell you the judges took their job extremely seriously scoring every car on a points system, with yours coming out clearly on top.”
Jeremy Way – Chief Executive Greenpower Education Trust
Student Aaron Crowhurst, (15) pictured pushing the car on the start line,
“Although not as bad as at the Newquay race earlier this year, the conditions at Goodwood were very wet and then 1 and half hours into the race, our lap times slowed right down so we assumed that the motor was performing badly for some reason. This was surprising as we had bought brand new batteries for the final. After a good start we had dropped to 28th position. We then discovered a puncture in the pit lane and having changed the tyre we managed to climb back up to 12th, but drained batteries meant that we finished the race in 20th position.
However, we are really proud to have won the Greenest Car award, as that is what the point of the project is really. Also the team effort was excellent and very necessary to get us through the day, to finish in a respectable position”.