It was success for a team of students, Unknown, from Pen Y Dre School, Merthyr Tydfil, BCS Racing from Barry Comprehensive School and Vertigo Racing from Tasker Milward Vc School, Haverfordwest in the F1 Class. Nebula from Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, Swansea and Oblivion from Fitzalan School, Cardiff, will compete in the Bloodhound Class at the National Finals. .
‘Unknown’ with team members Kate Thomas, 16, Team Manager; James Walters, 16, CAD designer; Luke Allen, 15, Marketing and Alanah Groves, 15, Brand Manager won the Best Engineered Car, Fastest F1 Car Award and won the F1 Class. .
Luke said “Today has been pretty intense, but we've loved every minute of it. We've definitely learned the value of teamwork and it's been pretty awesome, we can't wait for the next stage at the National Finals. We're definitely looking to improve our presentation for that event and we'd like to win.”
BCS Racing, a team from Barry Comprehensive School, were runners up in the F1 Class and also go through to the F1 in Schools National Finals. The team comprised of Mitchell Thorngate, 15, Team/ Resources Manager; OliverBartlett, 14, Resources Manager; Morgan Osbourne, 15, Graphic Designer; William Eddy, 15, Manufacturing Engineer; Rhys Philips, 17, Manufacturing Engineer and Gareth Hurman, 16, Design Engineer.
Mitchell said after the event, “We've learned a lot this year. Last year we were the champions and this year we've learned that the bar has been raised. We need to improve, to improve our car, we need to improve everything and we're delighted that we're actually going through this year.
Vertigo from Tasker Milward Vc School won the Best Rookie Team Award to claim their place in Birmingham.
A team of 12 year olds, Nebula, from Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera , Swansea with team members Ellis Bennett, Thomas Liam, Dante Benitez-Mcgregor, Jack Fellowes and Alex Long had the Fastest Bloodhound car and won the Bloodhound Class to go to the Nationals.
Jack said afterwards, “We're really speechless and shocked that we won at all. We're looking forward to going to Birmingham and hopefully win there and then win the World Finals. I've learned a lot about aerodynamics, development and engineering from taking part in F1 in Schools and I now want to be an engineer in cars even more. We'll be looking to improve the aerodynamics of our car and also our pit display.”
Oblivion, with Farhan Khawaja, 14, Team Manager; Regan Hayes, 13, Graphic Designer; Nasrudin Amin, 14, Manufacturing Engineer and Abdul Tarafder, 13, Design Engineer were pleased to be Runners Up in the Bloodhound Class for their place at the National Finals.
Farhan said of going to the National Finals, “We all feel very enthusiastic, we're in shock really, we never thought we were going to win, we thought we were just going to have a good day in Swansea, but we actually won too. We're looking to improve our car for the nationals, in particular, changing the bearings and the layer of coatings for the car as well”
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