F1 in Schools™ 2013 World Finals - team profiles 23 Oct 2013
The ninth F1 in Schools™ World Finals will be held in Austin, Texas from November 08-13, coinciding with the build-up to the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, with 39 teams from 23 countries expected to attend after winning their respective National Finals. The educational initiative sees students use CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a balsawood model F1 car of the future, powered by compressed air, and over the coming weeks we will bring you self-penned profiles of the teams involved
A1 Racing from Pine Rivers State High School & Phoenix P-12 Community College
Team Members: Beau Gieskens 15 (Team Manager), Jacqueline Cunningham 16, Luke Meredith 17, Ben Marshall 17, Sam Young 16, Dylan Sexton 17
A1 Racing are unique because of our pure determination to win. Everyone in our team has experienced being so close to winning a final. Everything we do as a team looks towards our ultimate goal - to win. The biggest challenge for us so far has been that both sides of the team are very talented and good at what we do. In the time between weekly team meetings, we make so much progress that it can be difficult to remain as a single solid team. We get along with each other brilliantly, which keeps the progress productive.
Motion Racing from Engadine High School, Sydney
Team Members: Megan Kirk 16 (Team Manager), Josh Crawford 16, Laura Kirk 16, Chris Jenkins 15, Evan Pignatelli 16
Not only are we a co-ed team, giving us an edge over the competition, we are also a very passionate and close knit team that has put in the time and effort to make sure our products are of an International standard. At the National competition we won the Grand Prix Award, Best Pit Display and National Champions Award. We are proud to say that Motion Racing is the first junior team to advance to this level in six years. The biggest challenge would have to be the limited amount of time between Nationals and the World Finals. On top of that there is the difficult challenge of balancing our school, work and social life with F1. But Motion Racing is looking forward to meeting the other teams and seeing the competition.
Vector One from Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, Brandon Manitoba
Team Members: Sabrina Slack 18 (Team Manager), Curtis Bauche 17, Justin Buhr 16, Lee Gorowski 16, Tanner Fardoe 16, Daniel Van Heyst 16
Vector Ones various experiences through the competition provide an edge that enables us to bring forward our individual skill set to cover all areas of the competition. We all work together creating one strong team composed of six individuals. Vector One is looking forward to representing Canada at an international competition. We are looking forward to the excitement that is involved in the competition along with the experience we will get from participating in such an amazing event. As a team comprised of six students with individual tasks, there are challenges within each area of expertise that each of us must overcome, therefore this, along with team communication, as we all have different classes, has been our biggest challenge.
X2 Racing from Western Academy of Beijing
Team Members: Colin Zhang 18 (Team Manager), Irene Min 17, Guohao Sun 17, Yun Song 17, Tjeard van Oort 14
We come from an international school in Beijing, China (Western Academy of Beijing - WAB) that has participated in three previous F1 in Schools World Finals. This year, X2 Racing will be returning to represent China at the finals after a three-year hiatus from our school at the event. Our team is constantly active in the local community. What are unique because we are the only school in China currently participating in the F1 in Schools programme. Therefore were also working with local schools to introduce the programme, offering demonstrations and advice on all aspects of the competition. We can't wait for the challenges awaiting and opportunities to engage in this phenomenal global exchange!
Ultrasonic Hawks from PASCAL English School Lefkosia
Team Members: Elena Hadjivasili 18, (Team Manager), John Neophytou 18, Kyprianos Demosthenous 17, Nicolas Hadjipaschalis 17, Takis Kofteros 18, Nikodemos Konstantinou 18
Were a well-bonded team with structure and organization. This though, is not what sets us apart from everyone else; its the innovation and the results we achieve when we come together. There is a certain feeling associated with the World Finals that not even pictures and videos can portray. We want to experience that and even more as there is an increased level of difficulty associated with this years finals. Wed like to overcome these difficulties ourselves and face every challenge with strength and visionary power like the hawks are meant to. We are delighted to have earned the opportunity to live the ultimate F1 in schools experience and cant wait to be part of this amazing group.
Epiphany from St Christophers School, Isa Town
Team Members: Lahan Sperink 16, Suad El-Jawhari 16 (Team Manager), Mohammad El-Jawhari 12, Sheran Mendis 16, Rishi Kumra 16, Sami Yatim 16.
Our team formed in December 2012 and we have experienced a huge journey into the design, manufacture and testing of our car. We have enjoyed visits to the Bahrain International Circuit and met some of the racing drivers and saw how a Formula One circuit operates during an actual race. Epiphanys biggest challenge throughout this process would have to have been securing sponsorship for the team. At this years World Finals we aim to make improvements on last years efforts, and hope to increase our overall score. Also, we are very much looking forward to meeting all the other teams and experiencing of the event.
Unlimited Acceleration from Lessing-Gymnasium, Winnenden
Team Members: Stefanie Weng 18 (Team Manager), Niklas Metz 17, Patrick Metz 19, Thilo Hahn 15
Our mascot, Mopsle, is what we use all of the time no matter where we are - doesnt matter if we are taking part in championships, at meetings with our sponsors or in team meetings. What we think distinguishes us from the other teams is the cohesion in our team - we have really become very good friends and can laugh and fight together. What we are looking forward to the most about the World Finals is seeing how the project is implemented by other cultures. We are also very excited to meet new friends. We expect a big event, a great celebration with big emotions and nice teams.
Tempest from St John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School, Chelmsford
Team Members: Emily Powell 15, (Team Manager) Neil Buchanan 15, Jennifer Jardine 15 and Henry Whitington 15
What we think is unique about Tempest is that weve all been friends for so long, some of us since we were only four! We have a special friendship bond that nobody else has. We competed in the Bloodhound competition twice previously (2011, 2012) and we competed in the F1 class for the first time this year. All four of us cant wait to get to Texas. After seeing the videos from previous World Finals, we know that this will be one of the greatest experiences well ever have and it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Were all really excited about meeting the new teams and making new friendships with people from all around the world. We also cant wait for the Grand Prix at the end of the week as well as the paddock tours.
Revival Plus from Gymnasium Grootmoor
Team Members: Celina Fitzner 15, (Team Manager) Johanna Beyer 15, Oliver Markus 15 and Alexander Loffler 15
We are proud that we managed to complete each task on time and it is through our team coherence that helped us to keep on working and in the end we made it to the World Finals. We expect the World Finals to be a great event, with amazing teamwork and exciting races as well as interesting car designs resulting from the new regulations. In our opinion, the biggest challenge is to keep everything in mind and to keep track of the project under permanent time pressure. In addition, Celina, one of our team members, is spending one year abroad. Therefore, we have to work together as a collaboration team. We are looking forward to meeting all the other teams who are as thrilled to participate in the competition as we are.
Team Ooredoo Oryx from Doha British School
Team Members: Bharath Shyamsunder 15, Kamal Afiq 15, Zak Harris 15, Dylan Devshi 15 (Team Manager)
We are proud to be the National champions of Qatar and the first team to represent them. We are looking forward to the atmosphere at the World Finals, meeting other teams and facing the challenges that we have to overcome. We would say our biggest challenge and the aspect we want to get right the most would be making a good impression seen as we are Qatars number-one team.
Immense from Doha British School
Team Members: Anastasiya Unnikrishnan 15, (Team Manager) Ethan Diggins 15, Kyle Pratt 15, Akila Aluthge 15, Charlotte Cunningham 15
Some of our members have been working on the competition for a few years, however, this was the first year any of us were able to compete. Since Qatar is participating for the first time, we had to try and learn everything from scratch as we had no previous knowledge from earlier participants. Although we are representing Qatar, we are a very multinational team. Our nationalities consist of the UK, Malaysia, Russia, India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, which we think is something very unique. The World Finals still feel like a dream to us and we probably will not believe it till we are there. We are really enthusiastic to meet all the other teams from around the world, and have a feel of the actual competition. Since Qatar is participating for the first time we will have a lot of information to bring back and share. As a country itself, we are very excited about seeing America and of course the actual Grand Prix. The competition has so many advantages and is just spectacular.
Falcon F1 from Connahs Quay High School
Team Members: David Clark 18 (Team Manager), George Cox 17, Nathan Eyton 18, Rhys Nimmo 18
What makes Falcon F1 unique is we have on numerous occasions researched and designed innovative elements of the car in order to produce a car not only worthy of competing to the highest standards but also taking the best engineered car award five times in a row. There isnt really one aspect of competing in the World Finals the team is looking most forward to as the experience and opportunity is unreal, but if we had to put it down to one aspect the team is most looking forward to would have to be is visiting the Circuit of The Americas. Our expectations of the World Finals are probably nowhere near to how the experience will actually be like as none of the team has had an opportunity of a lifetime like this before, so we know whatever expectations we do have will be blown away.
Bardahl Racing from St. Davids Holy Faith Secondary School, Greystones
Team Members: Joseph Moran 16 (Team Manager), Conor Darcy 17, Christopher Lynch 16, Patrick Flaherty 16
What we think makes us unique is the opportunity to learn from our previous team, the Koni Kats, who were the 2009 World Champions. Our most exciting experience so far has been attending and winning the award for Young IT person of the year at the ICT excellence awards for our achievements in the F1 in Schools competition. We got to meet the top people from many of the major IT companies in Ireland including companies like Google, Dell and Intel. For us the Grand Prix is something that we are all looking forward to. None of us has ever attended one and cannot wait to have a chance at meeting all the F1 teams. We are expecting a really high standard from the other F1 in Schools teams there and we think overall it will be an amazing experience for everyone who is involved.
More team profiles coming soon.
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