Their participation in the finals come after nine months of over 200 educational institutions, from schools to universities, competing to qualify for a coveted place at the finals.
Epsom had two teams competing. One in the F24 (11-16 years old) category and one in the F24+ (16-24 years old) category.
Having qualified at Dunsfold last month, Epsom’s pupils made a few minor changes to the aerodynamics and gearing of the cars, hoping to make it into the top ten. First up both cars had to pass scrutineering, followed by a driver briefing to get everyone familiar with the course before a practice session.
Amy Scerri, Upper Sixth, took to the wheel in the F24+ race. She drove superbly, making two overtakes on the final lap to claim fourth place, narrowly missing out on a podium finish.
The F24 EC Racer team took to the track next, in a field of over 80 cars. They battled it out to see who could cover the most distance in the 90-minuite race with two mandatory pit stops for driver changes. Our drivers – Oliver Booth, Freddie Butler and Josh Crockett (all Lower Sixth) – finished 57th out of 80, placing 29th out of 45 in the F24 kit car category class.
Mr Telfer-Mason, who works with the STEM team each year, said:
“The team have learnt a lot from only their second year in the competition and are already planning for the 2023 season. The team were a delight to take and represented the College extremely well.”
Oliver Jones, who was recently awarded the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, commented how much he has enjoyed the experience this year and how he is hoping to push for the podium with the team next year.
The STEM team would like to thank Old Epsomian Dan Bailey, CEO and Co-Founder at Veloce Racing, for his sponsorship, with both cars carrying the Veloce logos.