A team of students from St John Payne School celebrated winning through to the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought London and South East England Regional Finals which took place this week at City University, London. This Formula One™ inspired educational challenge has captured the imagination of students up and down the country and with a place on the grid at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2013 to be held in Austin, Texas for the UK National Champions, every team put in hundreds of hours of work in their pursuit of the prize.

Tempest, a team from St John Payne School with team members: Emily Powell, Team Manager; Neil  Buchanan, Manufacturing Engineer; Henry Whittington, Design Engineer and

Jennifer Jardine, Graphic Designer & Resources Manager proved that hard work pays off as they collected the 1st Place F1Class trophy, as well as the Fastest F1 Car Award, with the team's car racing down the track in a time of 1.029 seconds. Tempest were one of three teams who raced to victory at the Regional Final and will be representing their school at the F1 in Schools UK National Finals which takes place at the Big Bang Fair, ExCel, London on 15th and 16th March.

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a 'pit' display at the Regional Final and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model cars on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.

In addition to representing their country at the World Finals, the F1 in Schools UK Champions and runners up will receive tickets to the 2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX at Silverstone. The National Champions will also win a Red Bull Racing F1 team factory tour and a TW STEEL Watch for each team member.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said of this week's London and South East England Regional Finals, “We're experiencing significant growth in the schools entering the challenge this season and the standards are extremely high. The students had to cope with the nerves of presenting to a panel of judges and the pressures of putting their models to the test against the best of the region and all the teams put up a great fight, with only a few points separating the top contenders for a place at the National Finals”.

Denford adds, “The challenge not only tests the students in many key areas of educational study such as the STEM subjects, but gives them an opportunity to gain experience of many life skills which will be invaluable in their future careers.”

The London and South East England regional finals took place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are the IET, Denford, and City University London all of whom are continuing their support of F1 in Schools for the coming year.

A team of students from St John Payne School celebrated winning through to the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought London and South East England Regional Finals which took place this week at City University, London...

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