A Great Result for Status Racing at Silverstone to End the Season!
Status Racing Finish 9th in the Greenpower IET International Grand Final!
On Thursday 17 October, Status Racing headed to Silverstone in Northamptonshire (the home of British Motorsport) for the Greenpower IET F24 International Grand Final. After a tough season with some highs and lows, the team’s target was to finish in the top 10.
It was an early start as everyone met at Silverstone at 7.30am to prepare the car for scrutineering and practice. After the briefing session, practice began and although it was originally due to last an hour and a half, due to some late running it only actually lasted an hour. However, the session was still successful and gave the drivers the opportunity to get used to the new track.
For the first race we started 15th (this was where we placed following our success in the qualifying heats). The result in this first race would determine our grid position for the final. A strong first two stints had us in the top 10 for most of the race but with 20 minutes to go the rain came. Our final driver drove in tough conditions but performed well to bring the car home safely and to finish in 8th place which led to a good grid position for the final.
We prepared the car for the final and then relaxed during lunch and the break while the F24+ race took place. However during the break it rained hard which meant it would be a damp circuit for the IET F24 International Grand Final. Thankfully as we neared our track parade and got ready to line up on the grid, the rain cleared and some sun was in the sky.
At 3.30pm we were lined up on the grid ready to go for the hour and a half race. The Union Jack flag was then waved and the race was underway. After dropping a few positions early on, by the end of the first stint we were in 10th place. As we changed drivers, our pit stops were not quite as slick as our competitors and we were losing positions. We therefore made the decision to leave our final driver out for 50 minutes. Our driver continued to push on and put in some decent lap times and after a long stint we moved up from just outside the top 10 to finish 9th and record the team’s 3rd highest finish.
This has been a great experience and we would like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors, Mr Winter for giving his time to run the club and to the parents for helping transport students.
We now look forward to next year and over the winter we plan to reduce the weight of the current car (hopefully by 20 kg) and complete our Mk4 car which we hope will be ready for next year. However for now we can enjoy saying that we are 9th in the world!
Toby Lawrence 8I