PUPILS from a Great Witley school are racing ahead in their bid to be soap box derby winners.

The children from Abberley Hall School have helped to design and build their own racing car and plan to compete in regular competitions.

The team recently took part in the annual Richard’s Castle soap box derby on Hanway Common near Ludlow.

James Abbott, head of design and technology, said: “The cars do not have engines but race along a 550-metre downhill track in the village. We were the youngest team by three years in the junior section and reached speeds of up to 56km an hour.”

Mr Abbot added: “Our boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed using their design skills and creativity to build their car and then race it.”

The pupils now intend to modify the vehicle in class with the aim of winning the next Richard’s Castle race.