CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Formula 1 star lends support to Cheltenham Prep racers

PUBLISHED: 14:25 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 13 June 2018

The Cheltenham Prep Electric Racer

The Cheltenham Prep Electric Racer


“The world of motorsport is an inherently difficult one for young people to get involved in and programmes such as this are needed to make it more accessible.

Ex-Formula 1 star, Mark Blundell, has offered his support to pupils at Cheltenham College Preparatory School in their quest to become motorsport champions alongside advancing their understanding of engineering.

For the first time in the School’s history boys and girls at Cheltenham Prep have designed and built their own electric kart.

The Karting Club, in its inaugural year, has allowed pupils to learn about construction and maintenance, electronics, materials, race driving and teamwork. Under the direction of George Boyd, Head of Design and Technology, and with much focus and passion for this new initiative, their hard work has culminated in success at their first ever Greenpower Racing event, winning awards in several categories. A fantastic achievement and testament to great team work.

Karen and Tom Ellis who are parents at Cheltenham Prep, and whose business is motorsports related, were delighted to fund the initiative in its first year. It has been designed to broaden the knowledge of the pupils and give an opportunity to couple engineering experience with the thrill of motor racing. Karen and Tom were particularly pleased to see the girls become so engaged in an area that they may have previously felt was not open to them.

Through their connections in motorsport they told their story to Mark who along with the Ellis’s kindly agreed to fund a second kart.

Mark Blundell commented: “I am delighted to be supporting the Cheltenham College Preparatory School karting project and sadly I can’t attend the forthcoming fete as I have to be at the Le Mans 24 hour race supporting my drivers. The world of motorsport is an inherently difficult one for young people to get involved in and programmes such as this are needed to make it more accessible. I am delighted that we have girls taking part too as our industry is very keen to open opportunities for women joining motorsport and engineering roles in the future.

As a child, I was lucky enough to get behind the wheel which gave me a real passion and ambition for four wheels and I hope that this project provides current students with that very same opportunity. Motorsport is about so much more than what you do behind the wheel, it has taught me lessons that I could never have experienced within the classroom and this programme is another example of Cheltenham Prep going above and beyond to give their students the best possible opportunities for career options”.

George Boyd, added: “We are overwhelmed with the support we have had for this exciting project. The club gives each child the opportunity to discover new interests and develop the key values of participation, perseverance, creativity and empathy as they work together as a team to overcome such things as design challenges. We may even be inspiring a future motor racing star!”

Cheltenham residents can meet the stars of The Prep Electric Karting Team, explore an array of cars ranging from autonomous, electric, modern, classic and racing cars, plus drive a Formula 1 simulator kindly loaned by MB Partners, Mark’s Company, at the school’s fete on Saturday June 16. The fete is organised by the Friends of The Prep and begins at 12.00pm.

Cheltenham College has a number of former-pupils already racing in national categories. This year, Jamie Chadwick, best known for being the first ever female and youngest winner of the British GT Championship, is racing in British Formula 3 and presenting for Sky Sports.

For more information, visit the Cheltenham College website here.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & about

Yesterday, 13:15

Tracy Spiers takes an impressive, if hypothetical, budget on a shopping spree in Cheltenham’s independent stores

Read more
Yesterday, 12:23

Get out and enjoy seasonal celebrations with a Cotswold twist

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds this month, we have gathered plenty of events for you to pop in your diary

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK are saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket, including a number of venues in the Cotswolds

Read more
Monday, December 3, 2018

“We’re looking forward to lots of festive fun this Christmas festival and hope to welcome lots of people to our town.”

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

“Faringdon upholds old-fashioned values through its traditional shops, personal service and shop owners who go the extra mile to make their customers feel at home.”

Read more
Friday, November 23, 2018

Home to some of the country’s most breathtaking architecture and picturesque gardens, the Cotswolds boasts plenty of beautiful stately homes you need to visit. We pick eight special locations that are made even more magical during Christmas time

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Taking the classroom outdoors is fun, inspires fresh ideas, broadens horizons – and encourages a new generation to enjoy and care for the Cotswolds

Read more
Monday, November 19, 2018

Chipping Campden – once the meeting place for a council of Saxon kings – now offers the warmest of welcomes to all its visitors, from the humble shopper to the seasonal shin-kicker

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

As well as three days of action-packed racing and tradition, there’s plenty to do away from the course at this year’s November Meeting. Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster, shares his 14 suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Cheltenham Racecourse

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Warwickshire town of Alcester is considered one of the best understood Roman settlements in the country. Tracy Spiers digs below the surface to discover its hidden jewels

Read more

Thanks to the impact of ground-breaking comedy This Country, the quiet market town of Northleach has become one of the Cotswolds’ hottest film locations. Katie Jarvis is sent to investigate

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Stephen Roberts walks in the footsteps of the Oxford scholar who enjoyed attending parties dressed as a polar bear, and once chased a neighbour while dressed as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I send this postcard from Cirencester, complete with the discoveries and viewpoints from four members of my family – both the young and not so young

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search