Teams of students from Pwlheli, Welshpool and Ruthin n the North Wales F1 in Schools regional final booked their places at the UK national finals yesterday. 

Fflam from Ysgol Botwnnog, Pwlheli, Gwynedd took overall victory in the Formula 1 class and Blazing Magnesium from Welshpool High School won the Bloodhound SSC class. Brynhyfryd from Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin, won the Best Rookie class and all three teams are now preparing for next January's finals. 

The Viper Fire team from Welshpool High School took the award for the Fastest F1 Class car with a time of 1.168 seconds on the 20 metre test track. Connah's Quay High School, Deeside collected three awards, with their team called Storm taking the Fastest Bloodhound SSC car award with a time of 1.153 seconds on the test track and another team, Osprey F1 taking the Best Engineered Car and  Innovative Thinking Awards.

Other awards won yesterday were the Team Identity Award which was presented to The Pink Pitstops, Holywell High School and Best Sponsorship & Marketing Award collected by Botwnnog School, Pwlheli.

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.

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.

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 North Wales 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  - Fflam, Ysgol Botwnnog, Pwlheli, Gwynedd
1st place, Bloodhound SSC Class - Blazing Magnesium, Welshpool High School, Powys
Best Rookie Team -   Brynhyfryd, Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin, Denbighshire
Best Engineered Car  - Osprey F1, Connah's Quay High School, Deeside, Flintshire
Fastest Formula 1 Class car  -  Viper Fire, Welshpool High School, Powys (1.168 seconds)
Fastest Bloodhound SSC Class - Storm, Connah's Quay High School (1.153 seconds)
Best Team Identity -  The Pink Pitstops, Holywell High School, Flintshire
Innovative Thinking Award -  Osprey F1, Connah's Quay High School, Deeside, Flintshire
Best Sponsorship & Marketing - Botwnnog School, Pwlheli, Gwynedd

Teams of students from Pwlheli, Welshpool and Ruthin n the North Wales F1 in Schools regional final booked their places at the UK national finals yesterday.

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