The London and South East F1 in Schools Regional Final 2015 was held last week at Chelsea Football Club in London. The event was attended by two and four-wheel racing legend, John Surtees OBE, who was highly impressed with the work produced by the competing teams. The current F1 in Schools World Champions, Colossus F1, also visited the event with a busy schedule of media interviews showing off the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions Trophy.

Evolution F1, a team from Robert Mays School, Odiham, won the F1 Class category and two other accolades: Fastest F1 Class car Award and Best Engineered F1 Class Car Award. Cyclone Racing, with students from Invicta Grammar School, Kingsway and Wilmington Grammar School took second place in the F1 Class and won the Team Identity Award. SubZero from Dame Alice Owens School, Potters Bar were placed third in the F1 Class and won the Judges Discretionary Award.

Helen Jarman from Evolution F1 said after the event, “We’ve really enjoyed competing today, particularly the presentations to the judges and explaining the engineering aspects to the judges. We’ve worked really well as a team and looking forward to the National Finals to show what we’re made of.”

Dark Rebels from Bushey Meads School, Bushey, newcomers to the F1 in Schools competition were awarded first place in the F1 Rookie Class, and won the Fastest F1 Rookie Class and Best Engineered Rookie Class Awards. Blizzard, another team from Robert Mays School in Odiham  won first place in the  entry-level Bloodhound Class and also took the Fastest Bloodhound Car, Best Engineered Bloodhound Class car and Team Sponsorship and Marketing Award. These five teams are heading to the National Finals.

Dark Rebels were delighted to win their class at the first attempt and said of the competition, “It’s very different than we expected, we’re very proud of our team and everyone who has helped with the car. We’ve been working on this car since October although we started the first one in September. We’ll probably make a few changes and tweak it a bit to make it better than before. Our favourite part of competing today is seeing other cars and how fast they can go.”
Blizzard added “We’re very happy to be going through the Nationals and have our hard work pay off. We’ve dedicated three months to this, but it’s been worthwhile. We’re going to put in even more hard work for the National Finals.”

SubZero said, ““I’m absolutely amazed, this is our first year, so we really didn’t think we’d get this far. We had really good organsiation and management, as well as a great team spirit.”

Cyclone Racing were delighted, saying, “We’re exhilarated by getting second today and going through to the Nationals. All our hard work has been worth it. We’ll work on our cars, make our display more professional and touch up on the small things we need to fix. We’ve enjoyed all the various aspects of the competition.”
 Full list of Winners:

Evolution F1, Robert Mays School, Odiham  -
First place F1 Class, Fastest F1 Class car Award, Best Engineered F1 Class Car Award   

Cyclone Racing – Invicta Grammar School, Kingsway & Wilmington Grammar School
Second place F1 Class, Team Identity Award

SubZero, Dame Alice Owens School, Potters Bar -
Third place F1 Class, Judges Discretionary Award   

Dark Rebels – Bushey Meads School, Bushey -
First place F1 Rookie Class, Fastest F1 Rookie Class Car, Best Engineered Rookie Class Award   

Blizzard, Robert Mays School, Odiham -
First place Bloodhound Class, Fastest Bloodhound Car Award, Best Engineered Bloodhound Class, Team Sponsorship & Marketing Award   

Turbocharged, Wilmington Grammar School for Boys –
Innovative Thinking Award

Thunder, St John Payne RC Comprehensive School, Chelmsford –
Best Research & Development Award   

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