Cromwell and Clarkson pupils get to race go-karts after completing College of West Anglia Isle campus restoration project

Staff from the Isle campus of the College of West Anglia and pupils from Cromwell and Thomas Clarkson schools at the circuit. Staff from the Isle campus of the College of West Anglia and pupils from Cromwell and Thomas Clarkson schools at the circuit.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
2:17 PM

Ten pupils from two Fenland schools left their textbooks at home and enjoyed a class with a difference ... they got to race go-karts around a track.

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The teenagers, from Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, and Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech, have been on a one-day-a-week course at the Isle campus of the College of West Anglia.

While on the course, they were involved in a major project to give a new lease of life to two old go-karts.

As a reward for their hard work, they got to drive the good-as-new vehicles they had saved around the track at the WildTracks centre near Newmarket.

Lecturer John Paul Latham, who had designed the Isle project, and Andrew Tsang gave the go-karts a “shakedown” to establish their safety and reliability.

And then it was the turn of the 16-year-olds, who acted as drivers, mechanics and circuit safety personnel.

Mr Latham said: “Once again I am extremely proud of the pupils from both schools who have completed the go-kart restoration project, presentation day and test event with a high level of determination and success.

“I am really looking forward to next year’s project.”

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