Students go green in electric car race

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Engineering and motor vehicle students from Borders College in Galashiels travelled to Aintree in Liverpool for the Greenpower Racing Championships after building an electric racing car.

They raced against fellow competitors from as far away as Poland, with a total card of more than 60 teams.

Racing in the class for 16-25 year olds, the Borderers’ car managed an average speed of 15mph, placing them in the middle of the table.

College lecturer Graham Archibald went on to say: “One of the star drivers of the day was Holly Hancock, who started 15th on the grid, but drove like Jensen Button, passing the likes of the Jaguar Land-Rrover graduate team, to squeeze her way to third position on the first bend.”

The icing on the cake for the team – the only one from Scotland – was when they were given the overall spirit of green power award.