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Ri Supports Inver Racers

Above: Members of the Inver Racers Team and Riverside Inverclyde's Andrew Bowman

Teenagers from a Greenock school are in the driving seat as they build a racing car which will be put to the test at a major competition today.

The ‘Inver Racers’, made up of pupils from Inverclyde Academy, are on track for success as they work round the clock to build the Formula 24 car which they will race against other young teams from across Scotland. 

Riverside Inverclyde's Head of Business Investment, Andrew Bowman spent some time with the Inver Racers in the build up to the race and said:  

"We are delighted to be able to offer our support for this talented team and we hope they are the first across the chequered flag on Sunday. This is an important pilot project and one that the team will remember forever - we hope it can lead to a passion and a career in engineering for some of the team members." 

Colin McLaughlin, a lecturer at West College Scotland, and Paula Leca, from Developing the Young Workforce, say the project aims to make young people realise their potential.

Colin said:

“The hope is that the young people will get apprenticeships out of this and can learn the skills needed to get on college courses or get into work.”

As part of the project, the pupils are not only learning engineering skills but they are also enjoying the responsibility of running their race team like a business, by raising money and securing sponsorship from local businesses, including the donation from Riverside Inverclyde.

Charlie Hames, 15, hopes the project will help her pursue a career in engineering. Charlie said:

“It’s a big change from school, I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I want to become an engineer.”

Harry Scotland, 15, says he has enjoyed the course and is determined to make the most of it. He said:

“It’s a great opportunity and I’ve got a lot from it. I’m thinking about becoming an Army mechanic.”

Through the project, the team had a chance to visit Ferrari and Rolls Royce to learn all about the tricks of the racing trade.

Published: 15 April 2018