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Construction Students Bring Formula 1 to Halifax

13th May 2014

14-16 year old Construction students based at the main campus at Calderdale College and Ryburn Construction Centre put their joinery and driving skills to the ultimate test in a series of qualifying races which led to a grand final showdown which took place on Saturday 10th May.

Year 11 students have been working towards racing their handmade wooden Go Karts which they have designed and constructed whilst studying Joinery - one of the many elements of their BTEC Level 2 extended Certificate in Construction at Ryburn Construction Centre, part of Calderdale College.

Students from Sowerby Bridge High School, Ryburn Valley High and Calder High designed and raced their handmade wooden Go Karts in an annual Formula 1 themed championship with each Go Kart representing an individual Formula 1 team.

Stephen Guilfoyle, Construction Academy Co-ordinator & Joinery Lecturer at the College said: “The students found it very rewarding and really enjoyed designing, constructing and taking part in the Formula 1 Go Kart event. The event took place with a good number of spectators giving encouragement to all the competitors; the racing was fast and furious with a number of minor spills and bumps. The drivers survived but I am not too sure if all the karts did. I would like to give my thanks to all who helped make the morning a great success.”

The winners were:

  • 1st place: Callum Steele (Ryburn High School) and Jack Marwood (Ryburn high School)
  • 2nd place: Luke Burwell (Ryburn High School) and Harry Baldwin ( Guest Driver)
  • 3rd Place: Cameron Gregory (Calder High School) and Paul Marshall (Calder High School)
  • Best in Show, Constructors Award: Cameron Gregory (Calder High School) and Lewis Holden (Ryburn High School)
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