More than 250 children to take part in Uckfield Grand Prix

More than 250 children will be taking part in the Uckfield Mini Grand Prix on Sunday.

The event, held each year during Uckfield Festival, is organised by Uckfield Rotary Club and Uckfield College and hosted by TR Fastenings in its car park, on the Bellbrook Estate.

Racing begins at 11am with year five and six pupils pitted against each other in 22 teams.

Kit cars

This is the only race in the UK to feature kit cars driven side by side by children in a Grand Prix style competition.

The teams will consist of drivers, pit crews, mechanics, and supporters.

The cars – 24 volt electric-powered Greenpower Goblin kit cars – which have a top speed of 15 mph are built from scratch by the pupils and use more than 100 parts.

Engineering

The event aims to engage students in engineering and teach them a range of important skills, from mechanical knowledge to team building, marketing and design.

The students choose a theme around which their car is decorated and paint them in any way they please. There is a prize for the best-themed team.

Six drivers for each of four teams compete in each race over 12 laps with drivers changing during pit stops every two laps.

Qualifying

All teams race in two qualifying heats and a final to determine their ultimate rankings

All cars are fitted with on-board sensors to record lap times and ar connected via a live feed to the event website to showcase race results.

More than 1,000 people are expected to watch the fun, family, occasion that showcases the pupils’ engineering prowess and racing skills.

Food

There will also be a food area on site serving hot food, drinks, and ice cream.

Geoff Budd, director at TR Fastenings said: “The Uckfield Mini Grand Prix is a fantastic local event and one which we really enjoy hosting each year.

“The young people who take part are all potential engineers of the future and we love being able to play a part in helping them to hone their skills. Good luck to all teams.”

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