Butcher beefs up record-breaking race

A Newcastle upon Tyne butcher has helped his local university to break records at an annual inter-university track race at Silverstone.

George Payne provided the students with 6kg of steak and a brace of boneless fores of butterflied lamb to help the students find success. “It made the team three barbecue meals and was very much appreciated,” said Newcastle Racing sponsorship manager James Wilson.

The event saw 70 other universities from around the world congregate to race it out on the world-famous track. The team from Newcastle was the first UK team in Formula Student history to compete in and get an all-electric car through scrutineering and on to the race track.
“All of these achievements are testament to the team’s hard work over the last 18 months,” added Wilson. “We are now looking to the future, with plans already being put in place for the next-generation car.”

George Payne’s butcher’s shop on Princes Road is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The business prides itself on supplying meat from British and native breed cattle, sheep and pigs. The majority of the animals are sourced from Northumbrian farmers. Payne is a founding member and former regional and national chairman of the Butchers Q Guild. Upon the students’ success, he commented: “Well done to Newcastle Racing on their electrifying success on the track. We were happy to provide some meat support!”

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