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17 July 2017

Motorsport student enjoys success in international soapbox race

A motorsport student is feeling hungry for more after successfully completing the international Red Bull Soap Box Race.

Marcus Whiteley and his teammates were not only selected from more than 3,000 hopefuls to enter the race, but thrilled that their ‘Meals on Wheels’ vehicle made it to the finish line in 17th place!

A total of 69 teams took on the challenge at Alexandra Palace on Sunday 9th July.

Pilot Marcus and his crew Jack Brown, Daniel Clark and James Down, described the event as fantastic and said they can’t wait to apply for next years’ event when they hope they can do even better.

Marcus, aged, 19, from Bristol, said: “I’ve always enjoyed watching soapboxes races on TV and I really thought it was something that my team and I could be successful at.

“It was a fantastic event and the best thing I have ever done.”

Marcus, a Foundation Degree Motorsport Engineering student, and his former school friends took four weeks to build their vehicle at the college’s dedicated Motorsport Centre at Castle Combe and in Lackham, and a further two weeks to hand make their food themed costumes.

The 19-year-old said: “I came up with the design using SolidWorks and as this was the first time I had ever done it, the process was quite a steep learning curve combined with a little trial and error.

“The soapbox was built at college and without the facilities we wouldn’t have been able to do it.

“The whole process has been brilliant and the actual race was fantastic.

“Everyone was very friendly and our run went completely to plan!”

To see a clip of Meals on Wheels in action on the final hurdle visit