Horizon, a team of students from St. Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, Newcastle upon Tyne, jumped for joy when they were announced F1 in Schools UK Rookie champions at the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals held today at the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in Birmingham.
Not only did the team take the title and a prize of a trip to the FIA FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX they will also be jetting off to the F1 in Schools World Finals in Singapore in September, with the chance to win university scholarships and take the F1 in Schools World Champions 2015 crown.
It was the first time that the Newcastle upon Tyne school had entered a team in the F1 in Schools competition. Up against other rookie teams from around the country, Horizon, with students aged 13 and 14, won the Best Engineered Car Award, and the Fastest Car Award on their way to winning their category and a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals.
James Stalker, Team Manager of Horizon, said after receiving the winner’s trophy, “It’s all been a surprise today, we didn’t expect to win. We had never done the competition before and only started in September, so it’s been an amazing journey. Our team work and our innovative air cushion - which is entirely legal – were definitely the key factors in beating the other teams. We couldn’t have done it without each other.”
“Going to Singapore makes it all worthwhile for the work we’ve put in, but we’ll have to be working 24/7 to be ready for it”, adds James. “We have a bit of time now to evolve our car, so we have plenty to do. We think we’ll be stressing a lot, but we have a strong team and we’re going to enjoy it. We’re going out there to win and make sure the World Champions trophy stays in the UK.”
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools adds, “Horizon put in a great performance today and proved that hard work, innovation and determination are the great ingredients for success. Going to the World Finals will be an amazing trip for these young students and I know that they will learn a tremendous amount from competing internationally, meeting their peers from other countries and experiencing Singapore. More than this, they will gain life skills which they will benefit from throughout their careers.”
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