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Ballyclare’s All Ireland Champions race onto the international kitcar scene with TR support

Six students from Ballycare Secondary School represented Northern Ireland in the Greenpower Educational Trust’s F24 Kit Car International Final. TR Fastenings supplied parts and components for the electric vehicle used by the team, who secured their place in the international grand final by winning the Northern Ireland heats in the summer and being crowned F24 All Ireland Champions.

Named ‘Team Forget Fossil’ to mark the ambition to overcome the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, the Design and Technology Resistant Materials GCSE students from Ballyclare placed 7th in the unmodified class and modified class respectively. They faced the highest level of international competitors at the final, racing against the 65 fastest teams from a total of 600 competing in heats around the world. 
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The team’s performance is particularly impressive as it is only the third year that Ballyclare students have competed in the F24 Kitcar project. Team Forget Fossil’s triumph follows the success of the 2016 team which won the Spirit of Greenpower international award.
Des Beckington, Head of Technology at Ballyclare Secondary School, said: “It’s hard to explain how rewarding the F24 Kitcar experience can be for our students. With an emphasis on good design, the 2017 team used their course knowledge to set about improving the 2016 car without diving too deep into the electronics. For example they redesigned the chassis to significantly reduce its weight and improve the aerodynamics, resulting in faster times and a much longer battery life. This paid off on the day and every member of the team should be incredibly proud of themselves to have competed so brilliantly against some of the best kitcar teams in the world.” 
Arlene Martin, Operations Manager at TR Fastenings in Northern Ireland, commented: “Supporting young people interested in engineering is a real passion of ours and we are proud to be involved with the Ballyclare team, who did incredibly well to progress to the final this year. The Greenpower kitcar programme gives students vital skills, not only in technical areas such as design and vehicle assembly but also in teamwork and problem-solving. As a business we pride ourselves in championing these values and it’s wonderful to see the next generation of engineering talent emerging.”
Published 15.12.17

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