BCS Racing, a team of six students from Barry Comprehensive School won the Research and Development Award at the 2014 F1 in Schools UK National Finals.

Mitchell Thorngate, 15, Team/ Resources Manager; OliverBartlett, 14, Resources Manager; Morgan Osbourne, 15, Graphic Designer; William Eddy, 15, Manufacturing Engineer; Rhys Philips, 17, Manufacturing Engineer and Gareth Hurman, 16, Design Engineer wonthe Research and Development Award and received a nomination for the Team Identity Award.  The judges were impressed with the team’s CFD research and their wheel bearings development.

Mitchell said after the awards, "It feels brilliant to have won the R and D award. We've worked so hard to compete here and it feels so rewarding to have actually won an award. We're ecstatic, really proud of ourselves. We've enjoyed so much competing at the National Finals and hopefully one day we can progress (to the World Finals). We won the award for our collaboration with Ron Ayres, the Chief Aerodynamicist on the Bloodhound SSC project,  for our extensive CFD testing and also we rapid prototyped our wheels using an acrylic resin with lots of research into this”.

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