Teams of students from Durham and Newcastle were top in the North East England regional finals held today at Discovery Museum, Newcastle with Carbon FibreZ and Flash F1 as the winners.

Carbon FibreZ, a team from St.Bedes Catholic Comprehensive School, Peterlee, won the Bloodhound SSC class and Flash F1 from Hermitage School, Chester le Street took top honours in the Best Rookie class and with these wins the two teams have booked their places at the UK National finals of this global competition.

The UK National Finals will be held at Autosport International Show in January next year. Victory at this event will earn the winning team a place in the 2010 F1 in School World Championships which will be held at an international Formula One Grand Prix.

The competition challenges students to design, construct and race a race car of the future, made from a block of balsa wood, and powered by a compressed air canister. The car is raced over a 20 metre track and the fastest time is recorded. Aside from the on-track action, teams also produce supporting evidence of their design, develop a sponsorship and marketing campaign and produce team merchandise, with all these elements presented with their race car at the regional finals.

Carbon FibreZ also won the Fastest Bloodhound SSC car award with a time of 0.721 seconds on the test track, as well as taking the Best Engineered Car Award.

Burnt Stars, a team from George Stephenson High School, Killingworth, collected the Innovative Thinking Award for their use of a wind tunnel to optimise their car design, and another team from the School, Scorpion GT, took the Best Team Identity Award. The Best Sponsorship & Marketing Award was collected by Heaton Manor School, Jesmond Park West. This regional final had a strong turnout of teams, although all were in the 11-14 age group, leaving the Formula One class without a regional winner.

The Challenge, in its ninth year, was introduced to the UK in 2000 and since this time has expanded to over 30 countries, with over 9 million students taking part around the globe. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of Formula One Management gave his support to F1 in Schools by granting the challenge a world-wide protected trademark and a new logo in 2005. Since this time the initiative has built close links with teams and personalities within Formula One.

F1 in Schools is regarded by the Formula One fraternity as a platform for introducing Formula One to a global teen demographic. The student challenge is also helping Formula One shed its image as an elitist sport accessible only to multi-million pound budgets; on the contrary, F1 in Schools is open to any school with access to a simple computer.

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


Full list of winners:

1st place, Bloodhound SSC Class Carbon FibreZ, St. Bedes Catholic Comprehensive School, Peterlee, Durham
Best Rookie Team   Flash F1, Hermitage School, Chester le Street, Durham
Best Engineered Car Carbon FibreZ, St. Bedes Catholic Comprehensive School, Peterlee, Durham
Fastest Bloodhound SSC Class Carbon FibreZ, St. Bedes Catholic Comprehensive School, Peterlee, Durham (0.721 seconds)
Best Team Identity Scorpion GT, George Stephenson High School, Killingworth, Newcastle
Innovative Thinking Award  Burnt Stars, George Stephenson High School, Killingworth, Newcastle
Best Sponsorship & Marketing Heaton Manor School, Jesmond Park West, Newcastle

Teams of students from Durham and Newcastle were top in the North East England regional finals held today at Discovery Museum, Newcastle with Carbon FibreZ and Flash F1 as the winners.

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