Mercedes make up for Montreal nightmare with dominant derby display

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A Mercedes team of apprentices romped to victory in the first premier class race of a popular event - but fellow Formula One teams may challenge them next year.

Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas entered the Brackley Soap Box Derby with a team of seven youngsters and their carbon fibre kart.

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Brackley Soapbox Derby 2014
Pictured: Mercedes Petronas Soapbox entry
Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140806-221950009

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They were run close by Steve Pritchard and his American imported design but the Formula One team were too strong.

Next year though, event chairman Stuart Kirkwood is hoping to attract more premier class racers.

He said: “I spoke to a guy from Force India and if we could get Red Bull involved too, it would make for a great competition.”

Mr Kirkwood said although the 27 racers meant there were five fewer than 2013, the weather was the best they have had for four years.

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Brackley Soapbox Derby 2014
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He said: “I was very pleased with how it went and everybody seemed to enjoy it. I think the weather made a big contribution to that.

“There were no hiccoughs and it was all pretty straight forward.

“A lot of people said to me ‘we really like this premier class’ so it we’d like to encourage a few more high class teams to get involved.”

The senior class was won by Doug Peel Yates with his kart Dunn Thinking and Oliver Cain was fastest in the U15 category, riding Jenny’s Cafe.

 

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