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Summer Term 2019
Friday 14th June 2019

Weather Scuppers Formula 24 Racing Day

Weather Scuppers Formula 24 Racing DayLast weekend, our F24 Car Team travelled to the Lotus test track in Norfolk for the next race in this year’s Greenpower Formula 24 race series. The students have been working hard over the past weeks to prepare the car for the race and were keen to put its latest modifications into action. Although they had left Clacton early, the team were in good spirits as they took to the track for the first practice session.
Weather Scuppers Formula 24 Racing Day
As the cars lined up for the warm-up lap everything was working well and the team were optimistic of a great day ahead. With Lotus Cars hosting the race day, it was fitting that the first race was led off the line by a Lotus Exige Sport. The team’s buoyant mood was unfortunately short-lived. The conditions were tough out on the track and the unseasonal weather hampered all of the teams; light aerodynamic electric cars do not mix well with strong winds and Weather Scuppers Formula 24 Racing Daywet conditions.
During the first few laps, the cars were being blown about on the exposed track and the standing water and spray began to take its toll. The on-board power to the CCHS car failed and the car returned to the pits. Our CCHS engineers then had the unenviable task of endeavouring to repair the car. The fault was found to be the throttle control but unfortunately, even after four hours effort, the team were unable to rectify the problem. As the racing concluded for the day, the team downed tools and loaded the broken car back onto the van for the journey home! Such are the trials and tribulations of a day on the track! Well done to all of our F24 Team, especially Mr Poynter and Mr Binczyk who worked hard to repair the car to allow our drivers to gain valuable racing experience. Since returning, the team have been busy working on the technical glitches and the car is on its way back to full health and will be ready for the next race day at the Ford Cars Dunton Technical Centre in Basildon on the 6th July.

Numerous Golds for Karate StarNumerous Golds for Karate Star

She may only be in Year 7 but Ishani is certainly turning into a Karate star of the future. We have already featured her in Parent News a number of times, the most recent in March, just before she competed in Amsterdam. The LINKS Karate Club student was again on winning form in the Dutch capital, taking the age group Gold in the Kumite competition on the International stage.
Since then Ishani has been exceedingly busy at competitions throughout May – the English Korean Karate Association (EKKA) National Championships in Ipswich, the Scottish International Open in Glasgow and the British Karate Federation Four Nations Championships in Leicester, winning numerous gold medals in both Kata and Kumite disciplines. Last weekend she appeared at the KKC Championship in London, winning Gold in both Individual Kata and Kumite competitions, along with Silver in the Kata pairs and Gold in the Kumite team. Congratulations Ishani on your continued success. She is certainly a talented and dedicated young lady who, alongside her school work, trains six times a week, at both the Links Club and the Ipswich Eastern Korean Karate Association.