A team of students from Sprowston Community High School, Norwich, raced to victory at the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals 2013 held this week at the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at ExCeL, London, winning them a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2013 to be staged in Austin, Texas alongside the 2013 FORMULA 1™ UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. 

The F1 in Schools UK Champions also receive tickets to the 2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX at Silverstone, a Red Bull Racing F1 team factory tour and a TW STEEL Watch for each team member.  The National Champions' school, Sprowston Community High School, wins a Denford 3 Axis CNC Router, a prize worth over £10,000.

Formula One™ team, Caterham F1 recently left Norfolk, but not without one of their GP2 engineers first providing some invaluable assistance to the team of boys named Red Set Racing. Ryan Clabon, 17, Tom Carver, 16, and Will Mulhall, 16, who took up the challenge of designing, manufacturing, testing and racing their own design of a Formula One car of the future, were given chassis development advice from the F1 experts and from this, along with many hours of research and development, created their winning race car.

After two days of intense competition, Red Set Racing were not only crowned F1 in Schools UK National Champions 2013 but also took the Fastest Car Award, with their car racing along the F1 in Schools 20 metres race track in a time of 1.125 seconds.  In second place was a team of students from St. John Payne High School, Tempest, and this team also won the Jaguar Best Engineered Car Award.  The third placed team was Red Shift F1 from Wilmington Grammar School, Dartford. Tempest and Red Shift F1 are invited to form a collaboration team, linking with National Finals runner-up teams from other countries for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2013. The Best Rookie Team Award was presented to newcomers, Quantum Racing, from The Crypt School, Gloucester.

Red Set Racing Team Manager, Ryan Clabon, said after being presented with the F1 in Schools UK National Champions trophy, “We definitely didn't expect to win today. It came as a big shock to hear our name called as UK National Champions, but a very proud moment.  We had the fastest car and I think our pit display looked good, and other elements were very professional which helped us win, but we put in a huge amount of time to this, with lots of dedication and sacrifices, staying at school until eight at night for the last few months.  We can't believe we're going to America. We're huge F1 fans and can't believe we're going to the British and USA Grand Prix, as well as competing against the rest of the world in the F1 in Schools World Finals.”

The Best Team Identity Award was won by MMXIII from St. Cecilia's College, Londonderry and the Sponsorship and marketing Award was presented to Falcon F1 from Connah's Quay High School. Whittle Wonders from North Leamington School took the Innovative Thinking Award and the Judges Discretionary Award went to Unknown from Pen Y Dre High School. Steel City Racing from Bradfield School impressed the judges to win the Pit Display Award and Titan from Titus Salt School, Baildon took home the Portfolio Award. The Research and Development Award was won by Blazing Hares from Durham Johnston School with the FIA Women in Motorsport Award given to Amy Edwards from Stringer Formula 1, Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools summed up the F1 in Schools UK National Finals 2013 saying, “After two days of judging and racing for the 30 teams, it all came down to the wire and we crowned our F1 in Schools UK Champions 2013. The judges were given a massive challenge by the outstanding work of these teams, with so much effort, passion, creativity and skill put into producing some of the most innovative designs of F1 in Schools scale-model Formula One cars of the future.  It was also fantastic to see carbon fibre being used for the first time in F1 in Schools. “

“All the teams are winners for reaching the National Finals and for taking on the challenge presented by F1 in Schools. It is great to see them learning so much from the project, not just academically but also in the life skills they acquire in the process of competing and sharing their experience with their peers. We hope that many of them will use the experience in their future careers and benefit from participating in the competition.”

For the first time, an international entry was welcomed into the F1 in Schools National Finals, with the reigning Malaysia F1 in Schools champions, supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Education, taking up the challenge to compete against the best in the UK and experience the British version of this global educational initiative.  They were presented with a special International Team Award for their participation at the event.

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a 'pit' display and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model car on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.

The F1 in Schools UK National Finals 2013 took place with the support of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Jaguar, Denford Limited, Silverstone Circuit, Autodesk, Tomorrow's Engineers and City University, London.

‘Red Set Racing’ will be jetting off to the USA for F1 in Schools World Finals in November

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