Picture gallery: Bumper year as 43 drivers take on Brackley Soapbox Derby challenge

Brackley Soapbox Derby - High Street, Brackley.'No 4 Neil Robson in 142 Vehicle Squadron NNL-150806-080740009
Brackley Soapbox Derby - High Street, Brackley.'No 4 Neil Robson in 142 Vehicle Squadron NNL-150806-080740009

A total of 43 karts took on the challenge of gravity and the High Street on Sunday in the Brackley Soapbox Derby.

Starting at 2pm drivers took on the course, competing in three categories.

Brackley Soapbox Derby - High Street, Brackley.'No 13 Bilal Gilgal in Direct Pizza Company Brackley NNL-150806-080349009

Brackley Soapbox Derby - High Street, Brackley.'No 13 Bilal Gilgal in Direct Pizza Company Brackley NNL-150806-080349009

Winners were, in the adult class Doug Peel Yeats on his third year in the event. The Under-15 title went to Will Gillmore in Alpha SB01. And in the Premier Class Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team won with driver Ryan Devonport.

Stuart Kirkwood, chairman of the organisers, said: “We had 43 carts this year, so it was a long afternoon of racing, but both sides of the road were lined pretty deep with crowds at times, and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves.

“We were very lucky with the weather.

“We had a few new entries, and some returning as well. Thee were the usual faces that have been around for the past two or three years, but last year we had 27 cars, the year before 33 – this year we had 43 which shows the popularity of the event.

Brackley Soapbox Derby - High Street, Brackley.'No 18 Matthew Collinson in 5th Brackley Scouts NNL-150806-080555009

Brackley Soapbox Derby - High Street, Brackley.'No 18 Matthew Collinson in 5th Brackley Scouts NNL-150806-080555009

“As well as the races, Mercedes had one of their grand prix cars on display which drew a crowd. They also raffled off a tour for four people around their Brackley factory which was fantastic.

“The event raises money for charity, and this year the majority will be going to the Katherine House Hospice.

“The Army Reserves from Banbury were also here with a big Army vehicle for the children to climb inside.

“The whole event always relies on helpers. Normally the local Army Cadets help out, but this year they were away on camp so we had to rely on the other volunteers even more, and the Army Reserves helped out as well.”

Brackley Soapbox Derby - High Street, Brackley.'No 5 Sophie Woodward in Lean Green Turtle Machine NNL-150806-080019009

Brackley Soapbox Derby - High Street, Brackley.'No 5 Sophie Woodward in Lean Green Turtle Machine NNL-150806-080019009