Teams of students from Ridgewood School, Scawsby, Doncaster and Bradfield School in Sheffield triumphed in the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional final of the 2009 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge held last week at Corus, Scunthorpe. The team of students named Ridgewood Racers took victory with their Formula 1 class race car and the Bradfield Cobras won the Bloodhound SSC class to book 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 Ridgewood School also won the award for Innovative Thinking. Other award winners were Tiger Hawks from Park Junior School who took first prize in the Primary Schools category; a team from Castleford High School – 'Bloodhounds' who took the Best Rookie Team title; Best Engineered Car was won by Team Tigerzz from Ridgewood School; Bradfield Jaguars from Bradfield School raced to the Fastest F1 Car Award, while Accelerate from Winterton Comprehensive School took the Fastest Bloodhound SSC Car. In addition, the Team Identity Award was won by Driving Mad, a team from Brighouse House High School and Salendine High School – 'Revolution', took the Best Sponsorship and Marketing Award.
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 Yorkshire and Humberside regional finals took place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are the IET, Corus, Denford, The City University, London and KHP Consulting all of whom are continuing their support of F1 in Schools for the coming year.
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