The Greenpower Education
Trust International finals at Goodwood Motor Circuit last Sunday was a perfect
way to round off a successful season of racing throughout the UK.
After 13 regional heats for the IET Formula 24 teams and 8
championship rounds for IET Formula 24+, a total of 79 cars lined up for the younger
age group challenge and 26 were on the grid for a competitive senior challenge!
As well as a number of cars competing on the track, the
event also featured an engineering and careers exhibition.
Some of the low
carbon vehicles on display included the McLaren P1 supercar, a Hybrid Range
Rover and the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC.
Silverline was situated in Paddock 1 with a host of teams
including those entered into the Silverline Corporate Challenge. We arrived early on Sunday morning to set up
our workstation, offering tools for any repairs teams may require throughout
the day! We took a range of tools from hex keys to tyre inflators and pliers.
As well as our fully equipped workstation, we gave away hundreds of goodie bags
and soon there was a sea of blue hats amongst competitors and spectators!
Back on the track, after Race 1 (the first fully International
race including teams from the US and South Africa), it was time for the
Silverline Corporate Challenge. The
Corporate Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to demonstrate their
engineering expertise against a number of other corporate and academic teams. The technical regulations are the same as for
the IET Formula 24+ so each team has one pair of batteries to use during the 60
We spent the weeks leading up to the Finals filming a
selection of teams entered into the Silverline Corporate Challenge, including
MIRA Greenpower, Renishaw and Jaguar Land Rover. It was awesome to follow their
journey as they built and prepared their cars from scratch ready to compete in
the final. We were particularly impressed with Renishaw’s set-up at their New Mills
headquarters in Wotton-Under-edge. The cutting edge technology and engineering
on display is seriously impressive and it’s clear to see how they went on to
win the 2014 Silverline Corporate Challenge!
As well as participating in the Corporate Challenge,
Renishaw has been one of Greenpower’s long term industry sponsors, supporting
the Western Region Castle Combe Heat for many years, as well as housing the IET
Formula Goblin event in the car park of the New Mills headquarters!
team's first priority was to radically update the existing Renishaw Car,
Probation IV, and the expertise of the former team members was immediately
obvious with the car performing much better than previous incarnations. They
also undertook a new build, based on the existing car but lightened and slimmed
down. This new car, Reprobation, has shown that the team now really mean
business, and with a win and two second places in the IET Formula 24+
Championship they took second place overall, finishing behind the exceptional
Cullimore Racing's Jet. Reprobation also picked up the Silverline Corporate
Challenge crown, beating off Jaguar Land Rover, MIRA and the previously
indomitable Silesean team from Poland.
the racing; a packed to capacity presentation marquee hosted the prize-giving
ceremony with special guests Jason Bradbury and Siemen’s Chief Executive
Juergen Maier. Additional awards for special recognition included:
& Design Award – F24 – Team USA – ARES; F24+ - Silesian University of
Award – Bragin’ Fifers
IET Best Engineered
– Penair School – Raptor Fusion
– Sandbach High School – Dougal
Best Presented Team
award – Mandela School of Science & Technology
Spirit of Greenpower
– Yabadabatwo – Yabadabatwo
Best Newcomer award
– Ysgol Dyffryn Taf – Fabulous Flaming Scorchio
Top Kit Car Race 1
& 2 – Bristol Grammar – Megazord - R2
Silverline is proud to have supported Greenpower throughout
2014 and especially the Silverline Corporate Challenge. A huge well done to all
teams involved and we’re already looking forward to seeing more impressive
engineering in the 2015 race season!
The Silverline team arrived
at Le Mans one man short after the famous Silverline Dodge broke down and had
to be recovered back to England! However, everyone else arrived in high spirits
- eager to support the Le Mans leg of the Nascar Whelen Euro Series, having
followed the racers from the very start back in April.
With the stand and flags set up, we eagerly awaited the
start of the finale. In our wind and rain-battered gazebo we displayed a range
of automotive tools for supporters to check out as they grabbed their free
Silverline goodie back complete with a free spark plug gap tool, catalogue and
On the course Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS)
was the overall champion by one point on Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT-Banco Santander
Chevrolet SS) - it was a very tense, close race!
Antony commented: “It’s fantastic to win the Championship in
our first year with a new project. I’ve watched NASCAR all my life and now that
NASCAR is in Europe, to be the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion is a dream
Cheever III Eddie (J) won the race, but in the final stages he
saw Kumpen getting closer. In the end he took the chequered flag with a one
second advantage and third place overall.
He said: “I’m really satisfied with today’s victory because
it came on a wet track that made the car really challenging to drive. To be
third in points, win three races and get the Jerome Sarran Trophy in my first
NASCAR season is a huge achievement.”
The results from Le Mans were as follows:
1 51 Cheever III Eddie (J)
As the Le Mans leg drew to a close we felt a little
disappointed knowing that we wouldn’t see the high-speed racing spectacle again
till next April – something we are already very excited about! All in all it’s
been a fantastic season and we look forward to supporting NASCAR again in
After a gruelling
weekend of racing, Martin finished 13th and Dan 16th –
enough for Martin to be placed 10th in the season overall.
Saturday was a beautiful day in Finale as Dan and Martin
lined up with over 500 riders for the climax of the 2014 season.
Stage 1 of the Pianarella Trail was relatively short at
2.5km, but it was tight and technical, and soon claimed its first victim when
Damien Oton crashed in the middle, losing valuable time.
Martin rode responsibly, finishing the stage in 17th
(4.29.11) - just 10.23 seconds back from Fabien Barel who claimed the stage in
a sensational start to his comeback from injury, having fractured his spine at
Round 1 in Chile.
Dan began steadily, as he tends to do, and finished the
stage in 32nd place, 4.36.03, 17.15 seconds back.
Stage 2, Neanderthal started with a pedal section and ended
with a toboggan run. Martin Maes allowed himself a little more freedom and
finished the stage in 4th place with 4.46.44 (+3.25 back from stage winner Joe
Barnes) and Dan moved up the ranks to take 11th on the stage with 4.59.56
Stage 3 featured pedalled sections and exposed technical
sections. Yoann Barelli took the stage in 4.42.35. Martin had another steady
run to finish the stage in 16th 4.52.89 (+10.54) but Dan found the trail really
awkward, finishing 45th, 5.06.56 (+24.21).
Stage 4 is one of the steepest and most technical in Finale
- much more to Dan’s taste. He finally found his flow and finished the stage in
10th with a time of 5.02.26 (+7.07) and Martin came in 13th with 5.03.64
Dan commented: “A lot of riders - myself included - came to
Finale, expecting the fast rocky stages that it’s famous for, but instead it
was slow, tight and gruelling. I found it really hard to find any flow or to
get into a rhythm apart from the final stage.”
Day 2 started with a brutal two and a half hour liaison to
Stage 5, Cravarezza. Dan rode steadily but struggled to maintain speed. He
finished 31st on the stage with a time of 4:27.69 (+10.51), Martin had a crash
and finished 59th on the stage with 4:33.21 (+16.03).
Another pedalled liaison led to Stage 6, the longest SP in
the history of Finale Enduro. This was Dan’s favourite stage of the race and he
finished 9th for the stage with 14:57.26 (+ 15.84). Martin wasn’t far behind
with 16th for the stage 15.05.83 (+24.41).
Dan said: “The final stages of both days have been by far
the best for me. The last stage was pretty motivating after a year of injury
and the focus on filming that I’ve had for the last couple of months. I’m more keen
than ever to start training for next year.”
Martin said: “That’s not the end of season that I was
looking for but I’m glad that the season is done now and we will have chance to
rest – it’s felt like a long time, both physically and mentally. As I say, I
learnt so much this season and will be back way stronger that’s for sure. It’s
great to see Dan back strong even after two months digging. I think next year
is going to be a good one for us.
Martin ends this season in 10th place in the Overall
Classification – not so shabby for a Junior still 17 years old!
The heading pretty
much sums out how we performed at the 2014 ISAF
World Championships, but there is a story with
was a difficult start to the week for us; after just three
races we had picked up a UFD (over the line disqualification) and also
failed to finish another race after breaking two tiller
extensions within about 40 seconds of one
another. When the second tiller broke, we both
knew at that point it was the end of our hopes of not just winning or medalling
at the worlds, but simply gold fleet. It was quite hard at that point to find the motivation to get back on the water and carry
on racing, but we did not want to just give up . . . so we kept fighting.
We got it wrong again in the next race - this time someone
crashed into us at the top mark. We got rafted up and were then back in last.
Things really were not going our way, but again we had a chat and waited on the
water for the wind to play ball before getting one last race in the qualifying
last we got our acts together, started well, raced well, went fast and pulled
in a 2nd. We had quite the score card at that point . .
. UFD,20,DNF,33,2 . . .suffice to say letters are not ideal!
fleet. To race or not to race was the question. We have seen this happen to top
teams before and most of the time they just go home. After a long chat, we
decided we wanted to go and race, learn what we could and also go out to enjoy
racing. After a hard four days and we were not exactly having the best fun, but we
were not alone.
set ourselves a target to win every race, which is quite a big goal even in
bronze fleet. We were not the only casualty of a tricky qualifying series, so
we were joined by some of our friends who were
also normally in gold fleet. As it turned out bronze fleet got the best of the
conditions, with some awesome racing in the harbour just in front of a packed
grandstand. Over the next seven races we won six, only coming 2nd in the other - not quite achieving our goal, but we had a good time, sailing
well together. It was much nicer racing, away from the shore, in our own world,
striving towards a gold medal no matter what was thrown at us.
is no doubt we made some big errors, which we must learn from to come back
stronger and compete once again at the top. We have a solid plan in place with
our coach and after what was, and potentially still was, our best year -
medalling at the Europeans, Test event, Palma World cup and winning the Delta
Lloyd Regatta, but it’s not over yet! We still have three
regattas left to go; two in Rio including
the South American’s and Intergalactic’s followed by the World Cup Sailing Final in Abu Dhabi.
now we are chilling out - enjoying a little
holiday before getting back into training on Friday.