Teams of students from Westhoughton High School, Bolton, Richard Rose Morton Academy, Carlisle and Ribblesdale Technology College, Clitheroe triumphed in the North West of England final of the 2009 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge held this week at Jaguar Land Rover.

Wipeout, an all-girl team of students from Westhoughton High School took overall victory in the Formula 1 class and Hot Rods from Richard Rose Morton Academy won the Bloodhound SSC class. The team named Scintilla from Ribblesdale Technology College won the Best Rookie class and with these wins all three teams have booked their places at the UK National finals of this global competition.

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.

The Wipeout team from Westhoughton High School took the award for the Fastest F1 Class car with a time of 1.137 seconds on the 20 metre test track as well as taking overall victory. Hot Rods from Richard Rose Morton Academy won the Fastest Bloodhound SSC car award with a time of 0.706 seconds on the test track, as well as taking overall victory in this class. The sister school, Richard Rose Central Academy, took the Best Engineered Car with their team, Synergy.

First place in the F1 in Primary Schools category was taken by Flying Foxes from Norman Street Primary School, Carlisle, with another of the primary school entries, Super Six from Caldew Lea Primary School in Carlisle beating all the other teams to take the Team Identity Award. Ribblesdale Technology College took two additional awards in addition to Best Rookie, with their Ignition team winning the Innovative Thinking Award and the College winning Best Sponsorship & Marketing. The award for Perseverance in the face of adversity was scooped by Cobras, Our Lady Queen Of Peace Catholic High School, Skelmersdale.

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 North West 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  -  Wipeout, Westhoughton High School, Bolton
1st place, Bloodhound SSC Class  - Hot Rods, Richard Rose Morton Academy, Carlisle
Best Rookie Team -  Scintilla, Ribblesdale Technology College, Clitheroe
1st place, Primary School  -  Flying Foxes, Norman Street Primary School, Carlisle
Best Engineered Car  -   Synergy, Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle
Fastest Formula 1 Class car  - Wipeout, Westhoughton High School (1.137 seconds)
Fastest Bloodhound SSC Class -  Hot Rods, Richard Rose Morton Academy (0.706 seconds)
Best Team Identity -    Super Six, Caldew Lea Primary School, Carlisle
Innovative Thinking Award -   Ignition, Ribblesdale Technology College, Clitheroe
Best Sponsorship & Marketing -  Ribblesdale Technology College, Clitheroe
Perseverance in the face of adversity -  Cobras, Our Lady Queen Of Peace Catholic High School, Skelmersdale

Teams of students from Westhoughton High School, Bolton, Richard Rose Morton Academy, Carlisle and Ribblesdale Technology College, Clitheroe triumphed in the North West of England final of the 2009 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge ...

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