Event Photography – Greenpower Renishaw Goblins

Greenpower Renishaw Goblins at Wotton-under-Edge

I love being a photographer & in particular a Motorsport Photographer. You just never know what or where you will be shooting next. One minute I can be in the Pit Lane at Le Mans & the next in a company carpark in Gloucestershire. Today I was covering Greenpower Renishaw Goblins Electric Kit Car racing for their photography partners, Spacesuit Media.

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity, aimed at encouraging young people of different age groups to get involved in science & engineering. They do this by challenging them to design, build & then race an electric car. They provide age appropriate kit cars differing in the amount of design/engineering input required & overall speed of the cars.

The Goblin class is the youngest age group, 9 – 11 year olds. The youngsters are encouraged to build the kit car themselves as part of school projects. They enjoying decorating them too, there some really cool cars out on track.

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

Parents & teachers are on hand to help but it’s a real team effort to prepare the cars on the day… Scrutineering over we were ready to race!!!

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

As with all races, it’s important to walk the track first to get a look at the course & track conditions. Some took this task more seriously that others… but they all had fun just the same!

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

The first event was a straight Drag Race. Two cars would line up against each other, each car doing 6 heats with different drivers so everybody could have a go.

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

After the first event it was into the Slalom. Runs were timed with penalties added for hitting any cones on the way. A 2 step push off from a team mate & then the cars were under their own power to complete the course as fast as they could. There was some determined faces out there I can tell you!

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Watton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

After a short lunch break it was time for the head to head racing. A 3 lap Heat & Semi Final would proved the teams for the 5 lap Final.

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Watton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Watton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Watton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

I have seen some close wheel to wheel racing on motor circuits around the country & the Goblins were no different…. not an inch was given up lightly, or at all sometimes!!

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

I had a great time & really enjoyed my first experience of Greenpower Electric Car racing. Who knows I may have seen a future World Formula One Champion today! I for one will be telling my brother about it & seeing if his boys can find a way to get involved.

To see more photos from the day in the Spacesuit Collections gallery please Click Here