Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series podium finisher Menasheh Idafar did his bit to motivate and encourage the racers and designers of the future last Friday, 20th May, with a visit to the St Matthias Primary School in Malvern, Worcestershire.
The 20-year-old, who won the National Class title last year, joined his T-Sport team for the initiative during which the school pupils watched a film about British F3 before being set a challenge to design and build a racing buggy.
Menasheh and T-Sport team principal Russell Eacott judged the creations and, in addition to the task set for them, the youngsters also had the chance to have a look inside the T-Sport race transporter and get a close-up view of Menasheh’s Dallara-Volkswagen racer.
St Matthias teacher Emma Rowe, wife of Hayfisher television cameraman Martin, came up with the fantastic initiative to give kids a chance to get involved with some hands-on work, such as research, design and build, as an alternative to the traditional classroom learning methods.
Further to awards handed out to the top designs, 12 of the children were chosen to be VIP guests for the final three races of the 2011 British F3 season at Silverstone in October – rounding off a truly memorable day for all involved.
Currently in the midst of a five week break in race action, Menasheh and T-Sport will be back on track on 18th/19th June at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent for rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series.