Teams of students from Glastonbury and Plymouth triumphed in the South West regional final of the 2009 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge held yesterday at Bristol University, with St. Dunstans School from Glastonbury taking home five of the ten awards presented at the event.

 

 Memphis, a team of 14 and 15 year old students from St Dunstans Shool, Glastonbury, took overall victory in the Formula 1 class, as well as winning the Best Engineered Car Award and taking the award for the Fastest F1 Class car with a time of 1.146 seconds on the 20 metre test track.

 

 A second team from the school, Flare, with students aged 13 and 14, won the Bloodhound SSC class as well as taking the Fastest Bloodhound SSC car award with a time of 0.734 seconds on the test track.

 

GB Dynamics, Eggbuckland Community School, Plymouth won the Best Rookie class and with these wins all three 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.

 

Other awards won yesterday were the Best Team Identity which was presented to NRCF1 Racing, Norton Radstock College, Radstock, Bath;  Innovative Thinking Award won by Flame, Bradford Grammar School, Yorkshire, and Best Sponsorship & Marketing Award collected by Firebirds, Beechen Cliff School, Bath. The discretionary award, for Perseverance in the face of adversity, was presented to Velocity Flames, North Somerset Consortium, Weston Super Mare

 

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 South West 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, Formula 1 Class                  Memphis, St Dunstans School, Glastonbury

1st place, Bloodhound SSC Class      Flare, St Dunstans School, Glastonbury

Best Rookie Team                              GB Dynamics, Eggbuckland Community School, Plymouth

Best Engineered Car                          Memphis, St Dunstans School, Glastonbury

Fastest Formula 1 Class car               Memphis, St Dunstans School, Glastonbury (1.146 seconds)

Fastest Bloodhound SSC Class         Flare, St Dunstans School, Glastonbury (0.734 seconds)

Best Team Identity                              NRCF1 Racing, Norton Radstock College, Radstock, Bath

Innovative Thinking Award                 Flame, Bradford Grammar School, Yorkshire

Best Sponsorship & Marketing           Firebirds, Beechen Cliff School, Bath

Perseverance in the face of               Velocity Flames, North Somerset Consortium, Weston Super

Adversity                                             Mare

 

 

Teams of students from Glastonbury and Plymouth triumphed in the South West regional final held yesterday...

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