YOUNG design engineers from a Droitwich school have won three of six awards at a regional competition.

The three teams from Droitwich Spa High School were recognised for their design of radio controlled four-wheel-drive cars at the 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge.

Jaguar Land Rover engineers awarded year 11 students Ross Kirkpatrick, Elliott Power and George King two awards for their work as team That Looks Steep.

The team won best engineered vehicle and also came first in the class 1 category.

The students, sponsored by Iveco, were presented with a golden envelope containing an invitation to the UK National Final in March.

Dan Plumptre, Zak Usowicz, Ryan Waterhouse and Tom Rollitt from year 9 made up the Quatro de Quatro team which won the award for innovative thinking for their suspension locking device.

They were sponsored by DCA Design International and Coombers Electronics.

Andy Millicheap, who led the project with the students, said: "The competition is really important as it highlights just how good we are in this country at design and technology and it seems our students here at Droitwich have got what it takes to ensure that British design is always seen as the best in the world.

"I am so proud of their achievements.

"To win one award would have been great, but to be given half of those on offer and to make it through to the National Finals is amazing."

The competition for students in years 9-11 was held at the Matthew Boulton campus of the Birmingham Metropolitan College in Birmingham on Tuesday, January 21.