SCHOOL pupils were given the chance to design a race car inspired by the motoring history of an Oxfordshire town.

Students at the new Aureus School in Didcot took part in the competition organised by McCarthy and Stone.

The retirement homebuilder named its 60-flat new assisted living development, William's Place, in tribute to Sir Francis Owen Garbett “Frank” Williams CBE, who founded the Williams Formula One racing team in Didcot.

The competition was entered by 112 students and won by pupil Lewis McCormick who won a £50 book token for his whacky design.

Second place went to the rainbow design from Freddie Finch and third place went to Hannah Dickson.

All of the winning designs have now been installed in the sales office at Williams Place.

It comes as a £500 grant was given by McCarthy and Stone to the school for its art department.

The assistant headteacher of the school, Chris Hunt, said: “On behalf of Aureus School, I would like to thank McCarthy and Stone for their support.

"The pupils thoroughly enjoyed creating their race car designs and we look forward to building on our relationship with McCarthy and Stone as it continues to establish a presence in Didcot.”

The developer is now selling apartments at the complex for over 70s, which features an on-site restaurant and guest suite.