Dawson Shanahan-sponsored school wins motor racing prize
A school motor racing team sponsored by precision cold forming and engineering firm Dawson Shanahan has been awarded a cash prize and the title of 'Best New Team of the Season'. The team, formed from members of a young engineers’ club at Bedfordshire school the Samuel Whitbread Academy, were awarded the prize at Greenpower Formula 24, a contest that challenges students to develop an electric car and compete at major motor racing venues.
The last race of the Greenpower Formula 24 2012 season took place in October, where the Samuel Whitbread team came 9th out of 80. Earlier this year, the team made their spectacular debut at Silverstone, where they achieved an impressive 3rd place finish and a coveted podium position. Following a race at Goodwood, the team then survived a nail biting battery change at Rockingham to finish in 1st place by an impressive margin of eight seconds. The Samuel Whitbread team was delighted to qualify for the finals race and finish 9th, an impressive result for the team’s first year. As the highest placed finalists from the Eastern Region, the Samuel Whitbread team were handed a cheque for £500 from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Eastern Region.
“Motor racing in any form is an expensive hobby,” said Team Manager Dean Rayner, who runs the Young Engineers club at the Samuel Whitbread Academy. “It is only with support from sponsors that students get to experience the great thrills of motorsport and see the fruits of their engineering endeavours out on the track. The transport and logistics provided by Dawson Shanahan have gone a long way to make this season a great success.”
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With over 60 years experience, Dawson Shanahan Limited is the leading global specialist in cold forming and machining of high precision, customer specified copper, aluminium, ferrous and assembled components. Established in 1943, the company is based in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire and currently employs 55 people in its 2800 m² purpose built factory.
Dawson Shanahan offers a complete solution, with everything from prototype to production, being designed and manufactured in house to reduce both manufacturing lead time and costs for its customers.
With over 80% of its business being exported, the company’s products meet the demands of a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, electronics, laser, medical, packaging, plasma, power distribution, telecoms and welding.
For more information visit the company’s website at www.dawson-shanahan.co.uk.