4th – Bedford Autodrome Schools Grand Prix – June 2013
Position – 4
Award – Best Looking Car
The 2012 season concluded with The Redborne Racing Team winning two trophies for ‘Best Technology’ and ‘Best Newcomers to Greenpower Racing’ with the RB1 car. The most valuable learning in their first year was the experience of the Greenpower racing series, its competitors and endurance racing as a whole. We understood that this game was all about conserving battery life and efficient driving to go as far as possible in the time limit.
Our 2013 campaign started in September of 2012. A new, lighter, faster car was to be designed, built and raced. A composite chassis was devised and work began on the construction of RB2. This car was to be more aerodynamic, streamlined and efficient. After many months of hard work by the students of Redborne Upper School in Ampthill, the car was complete in June and RB2 was born. In a gloss Ferrari red, with black wheels and white graphics, the car looked stunning the trophy cabinet was waiting.
Race day arrived for the Bedfordshire Schools Autodrome Grand Prix at Thurleigh. An event specifically for Bedfordshire schools so reputation was at stake. Last year with an 8th position finish, Redborne Racing and the new RB2 car were optimistic that a good result was around the corner.
Qualifying in pole position on the grid, Liam Coleman took the first stint in the race lapping consistently at 1.27, dicing between 1st and 2nd position. Jim Hobday took the helm and maintained a strong 3rd position. It was time for a battery change and Elliot Jones set the quickest lap at 1.26, with Nick Grant and Ben Jeffs following in the hot seat. Will Madden brought the car home in 4th place overall after a great battle on track for the last step of the podium in 3rd. Pit crew support from Matt Bull, Will Sharp, Matthew Barnard, Jack Madden, Sam Aston and Sam James saw clean and precise pit procedures.
All expectations were broken. Redborne Racing won ‘Best looking car’. A 100% improvement on the 2012 position. 86 laps completed using 4 batteries. Another big learning curve for the young team, but more experience gained to push forwards to the next race on 8th September at Bedford Autodrome, Thurleigh. This is to qualify for the national final at the famous Goodwood Circuit in October.
A massive thank you to Steve Hunt, Ian Mould and Jim Macintosh for the technical support, Aqua Dyamnics in St Albans for cutting the gears and for Ogle Prototypes and Models in Letchworth for spraying the car.