Sunday 12th July was our annual Gathering of Goblins at Goodwood and it was (just) the biggest year yet, with 84 cars lining up on the grid, two more than in 2014, with over 1,000 children taking part and a record number of spectators – it was an event not to be missed. Despite the weather man not getting out order for sunshine, it was a fantastic (all be it slightly soggy) day.
The 2015 season really is in full swing now we have had the annual heat at Croft. The Croft heat is one of the last heats we have before all of you lucky schools get to break up for the summer holiday. Nestled in Yorkshire, Croft is one of our more famous tracks that the F24 and F24+ teams get to compete at. Only 2 weeks previously, The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) teams were occupying Crofts pit garages, the very same garages that the F24 and F24+ teams get to use.
In all of the chaos of the Formula E School Series we nearly let the Staffordshire blog slip through the net, but here it is, better late than never of course.
On Thursday 25th June, the Staffordshire Goblins took place at the Stafford Activity centre, which was kindly lent to us for the day by Driveme.net and the event was again run by Kevin Ford - one of Greenpower's lomng standing ambassadors. This year we had twelve teams from seven local schools taking part.
Fourteen-year old Colfe’s School student Luke Ide became the first ever winner of the British Formula E School Series round in London’s Battersea Park.
Ide pulled off an audacious last-corner pass to emerge on top after a frantic and hugely entertaining battle with London Nautical School pupil, Harry Warren (13), which saw the pair trade places at the front for almost the whole 20-minute race.
The sea mist from the Goblin event the previous day had thankfully cleared, setting the F24 Newquay event up for a glorious sunny day. This year’s event had 20 cars filling up the grid, which is a record number of entries for F24 at the Newquay event.
The 9th Newquay Goblin event took place on Wednesday 17th June on a foggy – but dry, day at Newquay Airport. The event was supported and sponsored by the local Cornwall College, who not only had plenty of volunteers on site to help run the day they also ran their STEM marquee, which was filled with lots of hands on activities for the students to take part in throughout the event day.
The first southern F24 heat and round of the 2015 F24+ championship took place on Sunday 14th June at Goodwood motor circuit.
With a record number of entrants for the Goodwood heat, we had a busy grid of around 55 cars in F24. There was a mixture of local teams, teams from further afield, as well as a few new teams making their debut. We also invited Formula E School Series teams to use the Goodwood heat as a shakedown for their newly built Kit Cars, in anticipation of the Formula E School Series race at the London ePrix on 27th June.