Tachyon, a student team from Denbigh High School represented Wales at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 held last month in Austin, Texas, alongside the UNITED STATES FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX and after an intense three days of competition, the team celebrated winning three awards, with a total of seven award nominations, the highest of any team competing.

The three awards won by the team were the Women in Motorsport Award supported by the Women in Motorsport Commission, Verbal Presentation Award supported by Pirelli and Team Sponsorship and Marketing Award supported by Manor Racing. The team finished 12th overall and Amy Martin, Team Manager, won a coveted place in the prestigious Randstad Williams Engineering Academy.

Jessica Brody-Hughes, 15 year old Manufacturing Engineer from Tachyon said of winning three awards, “It was surprising to be nominated for so many awards and to win three was amazing. We had a strong pit display which drew people to take a look at our work. We worked closely with the community and engaging with younger students teaching them about engineering, as well as using social media extensively and I think all these elements helped us to win our awards.”

The innovative Randstad Williams Engineering Academy sees Williams and Randstad mentor students from across the world as they bid to secure a career as a Formula One engineer. The entrants are selected only from the F1 in Schools World Finals teams each year with only nine students accepted for this year’s intake.

Following a series of written submissions and group exercises that were overseen by a joint Williams and Randstad assessment panel, the students chosen for the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy demonstrated the passion, commitment and raw skills needed to join this exclusive programme.

Amy said after the announcement, “I’m over the moon to have won a place in the Academy. I’m passionate about engineering and very excited to be working with Williams. It’s going to be an amazing opportunity for me to learn more about an industry I hope to make my career and work with some of the best people in the business.”

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 the F1 in Schools model block 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. At the World Finals each team brings along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in around one second.

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 was won by a student team from Thessaloniki, Greece, with Infinite Racing from Mandoulides School, taking the World Champions crown and lifting the famous Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, the first team from Greece to be on the World Finals podium.  Australian team, Infinitude were runners-up to Infinite Racing, with Endeavour from Germany taking the third place podium spot. A total of 23 awards were presented at the glittering Awards Celebration Gala Dinner with a star-studded audience of Formula 1 team representatives, drivers and paddock personalities. The World Champions win coveted City University London and UCL Engineering scholarships.

 The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 took place with the assistance of a host of supporters including Formula One Management, Circuit Of The Americas, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, City University London and UCL Engineering.

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