Horizon, a team of students from Brighton Secondary School, Adelaide, were crowned F1 in Schools World Champions 2018 at the 14th F1 in Schools World Finals, held this year at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. Irish team, CJJ Autovinco from St. Brigid’s College, Loughrea, County Galway were runners-up with Perspective, a USA team representing Palmetto High School, from Bradenton, Florida in third place.
The Awards Celebration Gala Dinner supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), attended by over 650 people including guests of honour, Chase Carey, Executive Chairman, CEO, Formula One Group and Peter Ong, Chairman, Enterprise Singapore, the 50 World Finals teams, teachers, dignitaries and key Formula 1 paddock personnel celebrated the achievements of the F1 in Schools World Finalists, the future Engineers and professionals of the Formula 1 industry.
Chase Carey and Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, presented the new Formula 1 F1 in Schools World Champions Trophy to Horizon at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) supported Awards Celebration Gala Dinner, attended by Formula 1 team representatives and invited guests. The team, from Brighton Secondary School, Adelaide, also won the Best Engineered Car Award and Fastest Car Award, with their F1 in Schools car recording a time of 0.997 seconds.
The evening included the announcement of nine elated students who won coveted places at the Unilever Williams Engineering Academy. Winning students from England, Vietnam, Ireland, Mexico, Wales and the USA, were announced by Nicola Salter, Group HR Director, Williams and Dave Penrith, Chief Engineer, Unilever, on stage at the awards. This is the fourth intake to the Academy that takes its students exclusively from F1 in Schools World Finals events each year.
After all the hard work and the excitement of the Awards evening, the students were treated to an afternoon at the Marina Bay circuit. A tour of the track in a convoy of 12 coaches finished just before the starting grid for a Class of 2018 photo. This was followed by an exclusive F1 in Schools World Finals pit lane walk, with the teams having an up close view of the team's garages and their F1 cars. The F1 in Schools teams that had won F1 team supported awards were also given garage tours as part of their prizes.
The F1 in Schools World Champions had a weekend to remember, with F1 paddock passes for the weekend and a chance to rub shoulders with drivers and personalities of Formula 1. On Saturday Horizon, second and third placed teams, CJJ Autovinco and Perspective, were given a special presentation on the F1 podium with Chase Carey and Ross Brawn giving the trophies. On Sunday Horizon were given grid access, special passes that only a few VIP guests are afforded just before the start of the race.