media/page_content/Dash - fitzlan high school image.jpgThe 'Dash' team from Fitzalan High School in Cardiff took victory at the South Wales England Regional Finals held yesterday at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. The team scooped two awards at the event, including the accolade of Best Rookie Team, as well as the Overall Winners award. The team has now earned their place to race in the UK National Finals to be held at Autosport International Show in January next year.

 

Team Dash for the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge consisted of Tom Nolloth, Jack Smith, Daniel Hooper, Stuart Winterbottom, Leslie Flynn and Sam Higgitt.

 

Last year's UK National Champions Blaze from Ynysawdre Comprehensive School in Bridgend were back to try and retain their title at the South Wales finals. This year the team returned with several fresh faces, plus two of its original members. The team won the 14-19 age category and took the first step towards retaining their crown by securing a place at the National Finals. The team also won the race to be the fastest R-Type car of the day, with a time of 1.209 seconds down the 20 metre track.

 

Joining Dash and Blaze at the National Finals will be Team Dragon 1, from Dyffryn Taf School in Cardiff after they won the 11-14 category. The Dyffryn Taf school entered three teams to the F1 in Schools Challenge all named 'Team Dragon', and collectively the three teams won the award for Best Team Identity, after impressing the judges with their matching team wear.

 

The fastest D-Type car of the day was by the F1 Red team, from Cynffig Comprehensive School in Bridgend, with a time of 1.254 seconds on track.

 

Scorch, from Bryn Celynnog School won the Best Engineered car award, whilst the winners of the 14-16 age group were The Six Pistons also of Bryn Celynnog School.

 

Lliswerry High School  in Newport won two awards with Vortex winning the Innovative Thinking award, and the Sponsorship and Marketing award went to Newport N-Gage.

 

F1 in Schools is a global multi-disciplinary challenge for students aged from 9-19 to use CAD/CAM software to design, analyse, manufacture, test and race their miniature F1 car made from balsa wood and powered by compressed air cylinders.  The 2008/09 Regional Finals return to Wales next Thursday for the North Wales Regional finals at Bangor University.

 

The ‘Dash’ team from Fitzalan High School in Cardiff took victory at the South Wales England Regional Finals held yesterday at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. The team scooped two awards at the event, including...

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