Teams of students from Barry, Pontypridd and Llanelli triumphed in the South Wales regional final of the 2009 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge held this week at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

 

BCS Racing from Barry Comprehensive School took overall victory in the Formula 1 class and Team Zenith from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Pontypridd won the Bloodhound SSC class. Team PBM from Ysgol Glanymour School, Llanelli 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 BCS Racing team from Barry Comprehensive School took the award for the Fastest F1 Class car with a time of 1.826 seconds on the 20 metre test track as well as taking overall victory in their class. A team from Ammanford, the Amman Valley Stars, comprised of students at Amman Valley School won the Fastest Bloodhound SSC car award with a time of 1.211 seconds on the test track, as well as taking the Innovative Thinking Award. Best Engineered Car award was presented to Team Zenith from Bryn Celynnog, along with their class victory.

 

Other awards won yesterday were the Team Identity Award which was given to F1RED, from Cynffig Comprehensive, Bridgend and Best Sponsorship & Marketing Award collected by Team GSR from St. Josephs RC Comprehensive, Newport.  

 

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 South 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                  BCS Racing, Barry Comprehensive School, Barry

1st place, Bloodhound SSC Class      Team Zenith, Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Pontypridd

Best Rookie Team                              PBM, Ysgol Glanymor School, Llanelli

Best Engineered Car                          Team Zenith, Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Pontypridd

Fastest Formula 1 Class car               BCS Racing, Barry Comprehensive School (1.826 seconds)

Fastest Bloodhound SSC Class         Amman Valley Star, Amman Valley School, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire  (1.211 seconds)

Best Team Identity                              F1RED, Cynffig Comprehensive School, Bridgend

Innovative Thinking Award                 Amman Valley Star, Amman Valley School, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire

Best Sponsorship & Marketing           GSR, St. Josephs RC Comprehensive School

Teams of students from Barry, Pontypridd and Llanelli triumphed in the South Wales regional final of the 2009 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge held this week at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

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