Maths Stars Invited to Silverstone
Three pupils from the current Burgh School YJA Team have been rewarded with a very special day out because of their prowess in………maths!
Freya, Frankie and Eryn represented their school in the finals of the 2017 Maths in Motion – a global competition than bring together pupils from across the world. Remarkably, they emerged as world champions! (Click here for an account of their great achievement.)
As part of their prize for their stunning summer performance, the talented trio, plus former YJA member Charlie Webster who is now at secondary school, were invited to attend the Water Hayes Trophy event held at Silverstone.
(The venue is, of course, well known to F1 driver Lewis Hamilton – he has won their Grand Prix three times in a row!)
The Water Hayes Trophy is a popular event that celebrates some amazing cars that first appeared as far back as 1967. Everyone is allowed to enter, whether they are highly professional or just amateur enthusiasts seeking the experience of racing on the fabulous track. The day involves a series of qualifying races leading up to a grand finale.
It was interesting for the four to be told that for some much of the excitement of Formula Ford racing is the crashes. Apparently, people are saying they only go to see cars blow up!
Whilst the champions from Burgh were sipping their hot chocolate drinks and watching the races, there was a dreadful crash involving Sebastian Melrose, in his white RAY GR14 race car, and Kevin Mills racing in a blue SPECTRUM 012. Emergency services and recovery trucks were quickly on the scene but it took a while to clean up as the outer shell of one of the cars seemed to explode into fragments! This delayed further races for 15 to 20 minutes.
After a two long day of racing, it was time for 36 drivers to compete for the Water Hayes Trophy Final.
In 1st place was Michael Moyers, who met the four Burgh mathematicians after the contest. He admitted to them: “I am absolutely speechless and can’t believe I have won! I’m so pleased to have Maths in Motion champions come here to watch me race!”
To finish off an amazing day, the intrepid four enjoyed a stunt show. One commented: “This epic car – it drove on two wheels for approximately 15 seconds! There was lots of spinning but the highlight was definitely the evening’s spectacular fireworks!”
Freya, Frankie and Eryn, Year 6