Thumbs up from test-driving pupils

King's student Harry Firth takes the wheel of the F1 simulator.
King's student Harry Firth takes the wheel of the F1 simulator.

A MORPETH businessman has seen his new brainchild get the green light from pupils after visiting their school for a testing session.

Richard Stainsby got help from Sixth Form pupils at The King’s School in Tynemouth where they tested their driving skills behind the wheel of a 200mph car – without leaving the classroom.

King's student Harry Firth takes the wheel of the F1 simulator.

King's student Harry Firth takes the wheel of the F1 simulator.

The 58-year-old has created the F1 Driving Experience, which sees a full scale, fibreglass F1 replica car set up in front of three 50-inch plasma screens and surround sound.

It allows people to experience the thrill and speed of an F1 driver around tracks used by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

Mr Stainsby took along the simulator to see how it would go down and is now hoping to take it to exhibitions and appeal to group or corporate events.

He said: “My aim is to utilise a full size Formula 1 replica car with state-of-the-art simulator to make Formula 1 accessible for individual, group and corporate events, as well as shows and exhibitions.

Richard Stainsby (right) with King's students.

Richard Stainsby (right) with King's students.

“It’s a really exhilarating experience.”

King’s pupil Harry Firth, 18, from Morpeth, said: “I race go-karts and this experience was certainly up there with karting.

“It feels and sounds realistic. I admire Jenson Button’s cool, calm skills even more now.”