The winning students from the London and South East regional final of 2009 F1 in Schools who will be competing at the UK National Finals were from St. John Payne School, Chelmsford; Wilmington Grammar School, Dartford and OpenOpportunity, a Norwich schools collaboration. The event was held at one of the most prestigious regional finals venues, Williams F1 team headquarters. All the regional finalists were treated to a tour of the Williams F1 Grand Prix Collection as part of their trip to the event.
Dynamic, from St. John Payne School, Chelmsford, the school which represented England in the 2008 World Championships earlier this year, took first place in the Formula 1 class. Speeding Snails from Wilmington Grammar School, Dartford, won the Bloodhound SSC Car class and the Best Rookie Award was scooped by Pluto, from OpenOpportunity.
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.
Adesso, from Dame Alice Owens School, Potters Bar raced quickly to an award with the Fastest F1 car(1.130 seconds). Taking the award for the fastest Bloodhound SSC car (0.728 seconds) were Impulse Racing from Robert May's School, Odiham and a second team from the school, Incendia took the Innovative Thinking Award. Roar Power from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham, Kent, were the recipients of the Best Team Identity award while Torpedo Racing from Aylesbury Grammar School picked up the Best Sponsorship and Marketing Award.
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 Central 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 Dynamic, St. John Payne School, Chelmsford,
1st place, Bloodhound SSC Class Speeding Snails, Wilmington Grammar School, Dartford
Best Rookie Team Pluto, Open Opportunities, Norwich
Best Engineered Car Flamin' Maniacs, Wilmington Grammar School, Dartford
Fastest Formula 1 Class car Adesso, Dame Alice Owens School, (1.130 seconds)
Fastest Bloodhound SSC Class Impulse Racing, Robert May's School (0.728 seconds)
Best Team Identity Roar Power, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
Innovative Thinking Award Incendia, Robert May's School,
Best Sponsorship & Marketing Torpedo Racing, Aylesbury Grammar School
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