After the success of British F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, students from the Yorkshire and Humberside region have been inspired by his accomplishment and raced for victory in the F1 in Schools Regional Finals. The finals, which were held at Corus in Scunthorpe last Friday, marked the start of the 2008 season in the UK.

The winning team at the event were 'Team Tigerz', from Ridgewood School in Doncaster. The team took victory in the 11-14 age group category, as well as the title of Overall Winners on the day. Their success has earned them a place in the UK National Finals to be held at Autosport International Show in January next year.

The aspiring F1 engineers, created a miniature Formula One car, which they raced along a 20 metre track against competitors from across the Yorkshire and Humberside region. The School also took the spoils for the fastest D-type car

Emily Bellwood, Team Manager for 'Team Tigerz' commented, “It feels unbelievable to have won overall today, we are a brand new team and have never competed in the challenge before so we never thought we could've come away with the top prize. We are really proud of ourselves, because it shows our team work paid off. We were hoping we could win the Rookie category, but when they announced we had won overall, we just couldn't stop smiling. We'd like to thank our teachers for their help, but most of all, our sister team 'Ridgewood Racers' who got through to the National Finals last year, they have helped us so much with their advice and experience. They won the award for the Fastest D-Type car here today, so our school has done really well.

“We now are going to work hard on the car and the presentation we make to the judges ahead of the National Finals in January, our car was one of the quickest in our age category, but we still need to do a lot of work on it to get it even quicker. We know it will be really hard at the National Finals, but we are really looking forward to it.”

Other winners at the event who will join Team Tigers at the National finals in January, were, Team Raptor, from Salendine Nook High School in Huddersfield, who took victory in the 14-16 age group category. The winners of the Best Rookie Team Award, were the Baysgarth Bullets, from Baysgarth High School in Barton Upon Humber, who also earned themselves a place at the National Finals.

Winners of the Best Engineered car were the Bradfield Cobras, from Bradfield School in Sheffield, whilst their sister team, the Bradfield Sharks took the spoils for fastest R-Type car with a time of 1.156 seconds.

The discretionary award for Innovative Thinking went to local School, Brumby Engineering College with their team Neon Stripes. The Team Discipline was awarded to the Raving Rabbits from Hull Trinity School, whilst the Sponsorship and Marketing Award went to Team Fire from Brighouse High School.

Formula One, with its headline-hitting excitement, controversy, glitz and glamour, has been the catalyst to introduce thousands of students to the world of engineering and open their eyes to the opportunities that the industry offers. It is an industry that is sorely lacking new talent, from product designers to mechanical engineers and many other key skills. The Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge is proving that engineering can be an attractive proposition for students, presenting the discipline in an engaging, relevant and appealing competitive environment. Now in its eighth year, the multi-disciplined F1 in Schools Challenge has attracted growing numbers of students, with schools recognising its value in encouraging the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Yorkshire and Humberside event marked the start of the 2008/09 season, which will see the F1 in Schools regional finals travel around the UK, taking in ten different venues with several hundred school teams taking part. The winning teams will then compete for national glory in January at the National Finals to be held on the 10/11th January at the Autosport International Show, NEC, Birmingham. The new National Champions will then represent the UK at the World Championships, which have previously been held alongside Formula One Grand Prix events, with last year's finals being held in Kuala Lumpur during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix weekend.

Winners list

Overall winners -Team Tigerzz, Ridgewood School

Aged 11 – 14 - Team Tigerzz, Ridgewood School

Aged 14-19 - Team Raptor, Salendine Nook High

Best Rookie Team - Baysgarth Bullets, Baysgarth High School

Fastest D Type - Ridgewood Racers,            Ridgewood School

Fastest R Type - Bradfield Sharks, Bradfield School

Best Engineered Car - Bradfield Cobras, Bradfield School

Innovative Thinking Award - Neon Stripes, Brumby Engineering College

Sponsorship & Marketing Award- Team Fire, Brighouse High School

Team Discipline Award - Raving Rabbits, Hull Trinity



Students from the Yorkshire and Humberside region have raced for victory in the first of the 2008/09 F1 in Schools Regional Finals. The winning team at the event were ‘Team Tigerz’, from Ridgewood School in Doncaster. The team took victory...

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