Five students from Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh, have been missing out on holidays, half term break and leisure time for the past few months, as they prepare for the biggest challenge of their lives, competing at the F1 in Schools™ World Finals 2013 in Austin, Texas from 8th to 14th November this year.
Ciaran Harrison,13, Joe Dudgeon,16, Stephen Ramsay,16, Tommy Paget,17, and Gavin Singleton, 18, are the brains behind STG Racing, one of the 38 teams who will by vying for a very special prize of Automotive and Motorsport Engineering university scholarships to City University London and the prestige of lifting the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy in this Formula 1™ linked global educational challenge.
STG Racing Team Manager, Joe Dudgeon, explains, “It’s been a bit hectic, but of most of the major work is done. We’re on time and on track for the F1 in Schools World Finals. We’re quietly confident that we have a good car and our testing has all been positive.”
The team won their place at the World Finals after being the best placed Scottish team at the F1 in Schools UK National Finals earlier this year. Since this time they have focused on the World Finals and have access to many products in the portfolio of F1 in Schools sponsor, Autodesk has been a real help to the team. Joe says, “We’ve completely rebranded and completely changed the car design to make it more aerodynamic. We’ve really benefited from new virtual wind tunnel software from Autodesk. It shows air moving over the model and has meant we haven’t had to do this testing on track.”
“The biggest challenge has been getting everyone together as a team and meeting deadlines,” adds Joe. “One of our team left our school to go to college and with different school commitments sometimes it’s been difficult for everyone to be together. We work on the project after school and were in school every day during half term. It will all be worthwhile though. The whole experience of competing against the best in the world in this global competition will be beneficial for our future.”
The F1 in Schools World Finals take place from 8th to 14th November in Austin, Texas. Each team of between three and six students brings together their work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car, which is raced on a specially designed test track. At the World Finals each team will bring along a pit display, three identical cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals at 1.020 seconds.
Teams will arrive in Austin later this week ahead of the Formula 1™ event, with a welcome lunch following a tour of the Texas State Capitol, not only the home of the state government of Texas, but also a USA historic landmark billed as the seventh largest building in the world. The competition then starts in earnest with the teams building their pit displays before three days of judging which will lead to an Awards Celebration and the crowning of the new F1 in Schools World Champions.
After all their hard work the teams will be treated to a visit to the Circuit of The Americas and a pit lane walk on Thursday of Grand Prix week and can then stay on to watch the spectacle of the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX as guests of the Circuit of The Americas
The F1 in Schools World Finals take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Circuit of The Americas, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, City University London, Autodesk and Austin Independent Schools District.
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