PEDAL CAR RACING: Class victory for Explorer Scouts

The successful team from Rugby
The successful team from Rugby

Tough 24-hour race in British championship

Rugby Explorer Scouts raced in the Shenington 24-hour pedal car race last weekend and came away with victory in the Under 16s (PC2) class.

The team (known as “Swebbelli Racing”) comprising drivers from three different explorer scout units in the town placed 9th overall in a field of 31 cars and took a hard fought class win against tough opposition from “Team Bikebus” - a junior cycling club from Milton Keynes.

The Shenington 24-hour (round 3 of the British Pedal Car Championship) is the pedal powered equivalent of Le Mans, drivers pushing themselves and their machines to the limit through day and night in all weather to complete as many laps of the 600m Kart Track as possible in the time.

Six drivers per team take turns to drive the human powered single seater racing cars, from the most basic open framed “karts” to full-on purpose built carbon-fibre prototypes, all racing on the same circuit at the same time.

The 2015 race saw a very high quality field assembled including Human Powered Vehicle champions, 24-hour mountain bike racing specialists and even motor cycle legend Guy Martin.

As if that wasn’t hard enough, the race started under blazing hot sunshine on Saturday but suffered six hours of near continuous rain from 3am on Sunday onwards turning the track from grippy tarmac into a skating rink in places!

Leader Jacob Spencer summed up the achievement: “This is the biggest race we do all year and the one with the highest quality field. To come away with a win is an incredible achievement. This is the first win for Swebbelli Racing for several years which reflects the quality in the sport and just how hard they had to work for it.”

Swebbelli Racing’s next event is the Solihull Sprints.

The scouts help to build and maintain their own car so they have a busy time ahead if they are to continue their winning form.

You can follow the progress of Swebbelli Racing in the British Pedal Car Championship on: www.pedalcarracing.info