Karters gear up to represent Debden Park High School

Karters gear up to represent their school

Karters gear up to represent their school

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Two teams are gearing up to represent their school in a motor racing championship.

The six boys, all aged 14 or 15, from Debden Park High School have been practicing their skills ready for the British Schools Karting Competition, which starts on February 25.

The school plans to send two groups – Jaiden Fenton, 14, Ollie Longshaw, 15, and Ben Green, 15, driving for the DPHS Synter team and Chandler Bowling, 14, Albie Cornwall, 14, and Danny Ward, 15, driving for the DPHS Duncan Phillips team – to the first round, which takes place in Brentwood.

The boys have all driven the karts, which can reach speeds of up to 70 mph, before and PE teacher Graham Tongate organised them into teams, which now practice every Tuesday.

They also practice at Buckmore Park in Kent, where Formula 1 drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton started their careers.

Ben, who has the most experience out of the teams, said: “We’re all driving good lap times.

“We’ll try and win the competition, but there are over 500 or 600 schools.”

Jaiden added: “Four of us went to a race on Tuesday with 18 of us on the track.

“A lot of the other cars span out on corners, so we learned in the race how to deal with that, which was good experience.”

Mr Tongate said: “I’m hoping they’ll do well – they’ve put a lot of effort in.”

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10:43pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Why no girls?
Why no girls? Cornbeefur
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