STUDENTS from Southampton City College had the chance to enjoy the thrill of the pit lane during a trip to the Santa Pod Raceway.

Nearly 700 students from schools and colleges across the UK, including the Southampton group, enjoyed the free day out at the Bedfordshire track, for the practice round of the FIA European Championships, as part of Santa Pod and the IMI’s (Institute of the Motor Industry) School Day initiative.

Students were treated to tours of the pits and had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the drag vehicles and chat to teams about the sport.