Status Racing Now Rank 7th in World Following International Greenpower Final
Collingwood's Status Racing Team is overjoyed to be placed 7th out of 75 teams in this international event.
The Team arrived at Rockingham Motor Speedway on Sunday 8 October for the Greenpower International Final, ready to compete against the top 75 teams of the season.
After an early start, the team arrived at around 7:30am at Rockingham International Speedway. The team was all set and eager to get on the track, with the car being one of the first to get through scrutineering, which allowed us to have more time to prepare the car before practice began.
With all tyres sufficiently topped up and the bodywork being re-attached to the car, we were ready to get on the track for practice. While we had raced on this track earlier in the season, practice gave us a great opportunity to get the drivers used to the weather and track conditions, while giving the team an opportunity to assess the gearing ratio and performance of the car. Overall, practice went well and the weather, much to everyone’s delight, was looking good, as no one wanted a repeat of last year’s torrential rain.
Thanks to the team’s fantastic performances throughout this season we had qualified in 3rd position, which subsequently granted us a place on the front row, with over 60 cars behind us on the grid. As per usual, the race lasted 90 minutes and we had to have three different drivers in the car with a minimum of 15 minutes of driving per person. The goal was to finish the 90 minutes whilst covering the most distance possible. We did well in the first race, coming 8th out of around 70 teams, but we still had some improvements to make, for eighth simply equalled our position last year. With all the work put in over the previous season, we were convinced that the car was capable of better. So whilst waiting for our next race, we took the time to pump up our tyres to a higher psi and changed the race plan. Because we were struggling slightly at the end of the first race, we decided to have smaller and lighter team members driving last, in order to be quicker when we had less power; a weight difference of only 10 kilograms could theoretically result in an extra half lap of distance.
Thanks to the slight modifications that had been made in the gap between the two races and some great driving, we managed to come home with 6th place in the second race with an overall ranking of 7th place in the world, improving by a place from last year.
This was a tremendous result, as other teams had also been frantically improving their cars since last season, meaning that the competition was as tough as ever. We hope to continue to optimise the car for next year’s competition, and will of course be working on our highly anticipated Mark 4 car, that we hope will be able to give us a chance of a podium place when it debuts.
Thanks to all team members for a great season and of course to Mr Winter for his ongoing support and dedication to the team.
Dominic Young (9A) and Ben Wright (Year 12)