Kitcar finishes in 2nd place
Race Report by Mr Broadbent:
Which came first?
In 2018, we were able to use the KFC (Kitcar Final Champions) acronym for Team Chicken, which we had been saving for years, but not quite as long as the question we wanted answering when we named the car in 2013.
After a very slow start to the season at Goodwood on 5th May 2022, we were determined to make sure that we were ready and raring to go at Mallory Park, a race circuit that was our first venue when we started ten years ago. Coincidently, this is also the venue that will be our new race team’s maiden drive. Both Team Chicken and The Egg were competing but at different levels. Team Chicken were in the junior category where they would be facing off against schools and academies up and down the country, and The Egg would be competing against university and big corporations like Renishaw, Siemens, and Jaguar Land Rover.
Race 1 was for Team Chicken and lined up against thirty other teams. After a gruelling race, we managed to come in as 2nd fastest Kitcar and 9th overall with a fastest lap time in Race 1 of any Kitcar at 2m5s, averaging 46Kph. Another battery issue, something grinding metal in the drive train and high winds may have hindered our chances of first placed Kitcar.
Race 2 was for The Egg, and as this was its maiden race. We didn’t think it would be all that successful and hoped that it would complete the race at the very least with some data that the students could use for improvement before the next race. How wrong were we! It led the Kitcar category throughout and came first by the end of the one-hour race. A superb maiden voyage.
Race 2 for Team Chicken again saw the team battle through to achieve an 8th place and 2nd place Kitcar overall, which was a great achievement over our races at Goodwood. The pit changes were quick, and the team worked tirelessly to make sure that the car ran as it should.
The students who took part in the day are as follows and they should be commended for a superb day of racing: Jared S, Morgan B, George A, Christopher S, William J, Chu C, Tom W, Harrison P, Edan B, Jacob M, Tsz Chung L, Hei Kiu C, Jack R and Oliver R.
I would also like to thank our sponsors for unflinching support with the running of our teams: NSOptimum, Easy Truck, 4QD and Washford Finishings; your help and support is very much appreciated.
As a side note, which came first? The answer, The Egg.