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This weekend fans of the F1 in Schools Global Technology Challenge will have the opportunity to tune in live and watch as a new team of students are crowned UK Champions. This Saturday and Sunday the F1 in Schools National Finals are taking place at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham's NEC, where the event will be broadcast live via a webcast on the F1 in Schools Website, as well as two special programmes on Information TV, Sky Channel 167.


30 student teams will gather at the event with their scale Formula One cars, to race to the chequered flag and take victory. Fellow students, friends and families of the competing teams will be able to keep up to date with all of the action from the pits and live on track racing as the teams line up on the grid. The live web feed, direct from the NEC in Birmingham will begin from 10am as the 2009 UK National Championships get the green light to race!


Taking you through the action throughout the two days will be pit lane reporter Lee McKenzie and race commentator Ben Edwards both of whom have long standing careers as motorsport pundits. McKenzie has recently been announced as part of the new presenting line up for the BBC Formula One coverage for the 2009 season, whilst Edwards also has an extensive background in motorsport commentary including Formula One, A1GP and British Touring Cars. Both Ben and Lee will be in the pits and trackside at the NEC, bringing you all of the results and racing action as it happens.


Andrew Denford, founder and Chairman of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge commented, “This year the UK National Finals are being broadcast live online, so people from all across the world can log on to the internet to catch the action. The current F1 in Schools World Champions 'Pulse' are currently from the UK, the standard is really high in the UK so no doubt teams from other nation's will use this as a benchmark and be keen to watch this year's competition.


“We have two renowned motorsport pundits bringing the action to the viewers live, I hope that fellow pupils, families and teachers will all watch the television broadcast and the live webcast to support their school teams at the event. The competition at the National finals is fierce and the atmosphere is intense, the teams have worked very hard to get this far and they are all tying to take home the accolade of British Champions.”


F1 in Schools is a global technology challenge where students design and construct a scale Formula One car, which they race at scale speeds of up to 200mph down a two lane track. The car is constructed from balsa wood and powered by a compressed air canister. The teams at the National Finals range in age from 9 to 19, and have earned their place to race after winning in one of 10 regional finals which took place across the UK. All of the dedicated work on the design and construction of their cars is undertaken by the students out of class time.


Catch all the action as it is broadcast live on the F1 in Schools website and on Information TV Sky channel 167 from 5.30 - 6.00pm on Saturday 10th, and from 2.30pm- 3.30pm on Sunday 11th January.

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Watch F1 in Schools UK National Final Live via our webcast on IET TV and see the awards ceremony live on Information TV, Sky Channel 167...

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