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Pupils gear up for race glory

Thursday, 25th April 2002.

Pupils from Haverhill will be up against teams from Rolls-Royce, Lotus and McLaren in a contest to create a gravity racer.

Samuel Ward Upper School and Technology College have been working with 14 local companies and professionals such as Italian Formula Three racing driver Dillon Battistini.

He will drive the car which is being designed around him.

The gravity racer Is basically a soap box with no engine which must travel as far as possible on the Sussex Downs at Goodwood in July.

The pupils’ racer, the official Vauxhall entry, will go to Goodwood for scrutineering this week.

It is named Phoenix and is based on the design of teacher David Ackroyd.

Mr Ackroyd said: “I think we will win. We are up against all the big bays, but I think we have got the best design team In the UK. We have got some of the best engineering in Haverhill you could possibly find.

“Not a single person has charged me a penny, Haverhill is a wonderful town and they are brilliant people.”

Suffolk Business Partnership paid the £1 ,000 limit which can be spent on the vehicle. About 100 pupils have been involved.

CAPTION: Secret weapon … pupils Danielle Robins and Aaron Carr with, from left, Eric Patterson, Stuart Walker, Dave Ketteridge and David Ackroyd.

Haverhill Weekly News

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