Kinetikos Racing, a student team from Inveralmond High School, Livingston, represented Scotland 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 two awards after being nominated in three categories. T

The team won the Pit Display Award supported by Scuderia Toro Rosso and the Team Identity Award supported by Scuderia Ferrari. The judges praised the team for embracing their Scottish heritage with the team wearing traditional kilts throughout the competition, sporting Tam O’Shanters for the racing and playing the bagpipes before each race. The team finished 17th overall.

Michael Penman, Team Manager for Kinetikos Racing said after the awards night, “It’s been an amazing experience. No words can sum how incredible this has been, not just tonight winning two awards but the whole experience of F1 in Schools and the journey to get to Austin, competing here and meeting all the other teams.” 

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, Luke 1977, City University London and UCL Engineering.

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