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F1 in Schools™ 2013 World Finals - team profiles, updated 11 Nov 2013

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Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 STG Racing from Scotland, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo Odyssey from Australia/Ireland, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo Surge from Germany/Portugual, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo X-Shift from Singapore/United Kingdom, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo Petronas Tritan Racing from Malaysia, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools World Finals.
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Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 Safire Blue Bullets Racing from Greece/UAE, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo Six & Plus from Cyprus, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools World Finals.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 Spexlit from Malaysia, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo Falcon Team from Portugal, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools World Finals.
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Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 Allegiance Racing from the USA, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo Imperia from the USA, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools World Finals.
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Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 Motion Racing from Australia, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo Vector 1 from Canada 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo F1 in Schools World Finals.
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Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 F1 in Schools™ logo Falcon F1 from Wales, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists F1 in Schools™ logo Bardahl Racing from Ireland, 2013 F1 in Schools World Finalists

The ninth F1 in Schools™ World Finals is being 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. Here we bring you self-penned profiles of the teams involved…

SCOTLAND
STG Racing from Craigroyston Community High School
Team Members:
Ciaran Harrison 13, Joe Dudgeon 16, Stephen Ramsay 16, Tommy Paget 17 (Team Manager), Gavin Singleton 18
Originally named CForce, the team formed in 2011. With only three weeks’ preparation, CForce won the 2011 Scottish Championships and attended the World Finals in Malaysia. The team took a season out and reformed as STG Racing with new members as older members were leaving due to rule changes. STG Racing competed at the Scottish Championships 2013 and won, then we competed at UK Nationals and qualified as best Scottish Team. We are all about innovation, developing great ideas that will benefit us. We try to do as much as possible in house, learning new skills, technologies and theories in the process. We are looking forward to the competition that we are up against in the World Finals. At the UK Nationals the Malaysian team came to visit and displayed their work. The high standard of graphics and engineering was sensational.

AUSTRALIA & IRELAND
Odyssey from Brighton Secondary School & Donabate Community College
Team Members:
Khalid Kamil 14, Conor Bolton 14, Manus Doorley 14, Eleanor Pope 15 (Team Manager), Emily Squires 15 and Peter Baker-Hutton 16
In our opinion the most exciting experience we have had so far was the rewards section of the competition, which was one of the only parts of the competitions that made us feel shock and awe. This was also a great moment because it was when we found out we were going to the World Finals, which was a huge moment for us all. As a team we all agree that what we are looking forward to is the experience of going to Texas, and meeting new people and competing in the competition. We believe that this is a lifetime opportunity, and is something brilliant to add to our CVs for the future. Our expectations for the World Finals are pretty much in the name ‘World Finals’! To get this far is a huge achievement, and the world final for any competition is always promising in so many ways.

GERMANY & PORTUGAL
Surge from Monchsee-Gymnasium & Colegio de S. Miguel
Team Members:
Büsra Sahin 18, Felix Harst 16, Leo Sandrisser 15, Eduardo Silva 17, George Oliveira 18 (Team Manager), Tiago Costa 18
First of all, we are a collaboration team between Portugal and Germany, and that makes us unique. There has never been such a co-operation between these countries. At the Germany National Finals, Panthernight Racing was awarded the Best Engineered Car, while at the Portugal National Finals 1st Gear took the Best Pit Display, Best Verbal Presentation, Best Identity, Innovation, Best Marketing and Support, Best Website and Social Networks. We hope that the World Finals will be the most wonderful experience of our lives until now and we’ll learn a lot there, sharing knowledge and friendship with everyone, with people from many other countries. Our main goal is to do our best to achieve the highest ranking that is possible.

SINGAPORE & UNITED KINGDOM
X-Shift from Wilmington Grammar School for Boys & Raffles Girls’ School
Team Members:
Daniel Spiteri 16, Alex Lines-Headman 16, Edward Honey 16, Fang Geok Tan 15 (Team Manager), Xin Ying Chua 15 and Clarisse Gan 15.
X-Shift is a collaboration between two countries. While most collaboration teams create a completely new team name, ‘X-Shift’ is an effective combination of Team X-Treme and RedShift F1. This team name reflects our aim to merge both teams’ strong points to form one stronger team. Our goal is to be the first collaboration team to be crowned the F1 in Schools World Champions. What we are most looking forward to at the World Finals is presenting our final products to the judges as well as learning from other teams in terms of engineering as well as the other aspects of the competition such as meeting new people from all over the globe, sharing knowledge and travelling to a foreign country. We expect to gain experience and form friendships at the World Finals, as well as having a great time meeting new people, and seeing lots of hard work being paid off.

MALAYSIA
Petronas Tritan Racing from SMS Hulu Selangor
Team Member:
Hani Saida Abdul Halim 16, Luqman Jeffrey 16, Muhammad Hafiz Isyraf Abdul Razak 16, Nur Damia Izzati Azmi 16
Tritan Racing was established in 2012 and consists of four original members. We have won the regionals and national competition in 2012 and are representing Malaysia for the World Finals 2013. We bond not only as a team, but more like a family and will always find an agreement in all our actions. In addition what we think is unique about us is that the strength/talent that each one of us possess complements the strengths/talents owned by the other members of the team. We’re looking forward to all of it - every single minute of the Austin, Texas World Finals! But above all, we really can’t wait for the race sessions. We are expecting a challenging and incredible experience to look forward to at the World Finals, not to mention making new friends and gathering plenty of sweet memories!

AUSTRIA
The Falcons from BG BRG Gmunden
Team Members:
Florian Hofer 18, Jessica Michalke 18 (Team Manager), Lucas Schuster
In 2009 we had the opportunity to take part in the German regionals. This was where we formed the first Austrian team ever. Because our registration was really last minute and the name we had chosen was already taken by another team we were ‘Celeritas II’. After the first time we had so much fun with this competition that we decided to take part the following years too, but with another name: ‘The Falcons’. Since we finished school this year this is our last time for F1 in Schools and we're very happy our journey ends at the World Finals. Since we took part for the fourth time in the competition and improved every year we probably have the most obstinacy from all the teams - this is something very unique. We're really looking forward to meeting all the other participants and to see what they have accomplished. We are especially excited to meet the ones we have got to know in the last months. We are sure it's going to be something we will never forget because of the people, the atmosphere, the challenge, everything! Everyone will give their best, so we wish good luck to everyone and hope all have fun.

CZECH REPUBLIC
ISSA Racing from Integrovana stredni skola automobilni & Gymnazium J. K. Tyla
Team Members:
Tomas Komarek 19 (Team Manager), Adela Karmanska 19, Daniel Laube 19, Martin Elzner 19, Michal Senkyrik 19 and David Valek 19
We are a team from the Czech Republic, built from the two best teams from the Czech Republic. We are from completely different schools. One of the schools specializes in marketing and automobiles. The different expertise gives us a great opportunity to combine skills and hopefully reach the winner’s rostrum. We are looking forward to an excellent atmosphere during the entire championship and also to gaining a great experience.

INDIA
Team Bolt from Amity International School
Team Members:
Chittaranjan Prasad 15, Anjali Singh 15, Shreshth Tuli 15, Shikhar Tuli 15, Aman Agarwal 15, Aabhaas Vaish 15
When our team formulated our goal was to create the fastest F1 in Schools car ever seen, but then we realized that there were many more aspects to this competition. One such aspect is innovation, which we adopted almost everywhere, from the Portfolio to the car. Another aspect was women’s empowerment in the motor world. So we took up the initiative to promote this wonderful idea and from that moment in time we have always tried to advocate this wherever we go. We expect the World Finals to be a huge platform of learning wherein we can discuss and share experiences with people from all across the globe. We are also very excited to learn new things from the judges and other organizers present at the World Finals.

INDIA
Levitaze from Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram
Team Members:
Abineet Das Sharma 18, Jivtesh B. Khurana 17, Archit Singh 17, S. M. Ali Abidi 17, Mohit Sharma 17, Tanay Vardhan 16
Our team was started in October last year when we first got news about the competition. Initially we never expected to win, but as the competition progressed we gained a lot of confidence. Before the competition, we spent nights in the manufacturing facility purely driven by determination and the need for speed. The regionals were our first experience of the competition, and even though it was our debut, it showed us we could give the world some competition. In due course, the team has found the ability to handle contingencies very efficiently with the tools available. The team has also learned how to utilize resources efficiently and work together in order to produce good results. Most of us have a decent amount of knowledge of robotics, which expands our vision when it comes to designing and mechanics. As it is the first time that India is participating in the World Finals, we want to gain the most out of it so that we can motivate and assist more teams to participate in the same way.

GREECE
Ground Force Project from S. AVGOULEA-LINARDATOU PRIVATE SCHOOL
Team Members:
Iason Grigoropoulos 18 (Team Manager), Nikolaos Meimetis 16, Anastasia Andritsaki 16, Grigorios Minas Nikolopoulos 15
This year our team was formed in early February, just two months before the Preliminary Competition in Greece, and we managed to achieve the highest score, despite the hardships and lack of experience of the new members. We firmly believe that this makes us a unique team with intense persistence and a great sense of sportsmanship. We are sure that the World Finals in Austin, Texas will certainly prove to be a great experience. We are looking forward to meeting up with old friends and acquaintances, as well as making many new ones. We aim for a good outcome and hope that all our efforts and sacrifices will be rewarded. Based on last year’s experience we want to do our best in representing Greece once again.

UAE
Strike Automobiles from The School of Research Science
Team Members:
Abdullah Al Mazrooei 14, Khaled Ekrayem 14, Khalid Alabed 15, MOH’D KHIER ALMASRI 14, Mohammad Mansour 14 (Team Manager), Rashed Rowaiee 15
Our ideas, innovation and the idea we're working on to contribute in the success of F1 teams from the whole world is probably the best thing which will record our team name in the history of this challenge and our aim of redirecting the challenge's history. We can’t wait to meet those teams which we’ve never met face to face. The online chatting that we have with other teams makes us more eager to meet all of those talented people. We're working very hard and sticking to our vision.
With all of the things we're hearing about the World Finals this year, we're getting more excited as we know it will be quite different and much more challenging than any earlier years. We expect to experience what we've seen on pictures and videos of previous World Finals events, and we're sure such things will be exciting!

SOUTH KOREA
The One from Shinjin Automobile High School
Team Members:
Jong-won, You(15), Ah-yeong, Choe (16) & You-jin, Won (15)
When we participated in the national competition, we didn't expect to win and we were just enjoying the competition. But we won and gained the chance to compete at the World Finals and for the World Champions’ trophy. This was all down to our tenacity and effort. We can't speak English very well, despite studying very hard. We think this will be the most difficult problem for us and we are trying our best to overcome it. We have grown up in a short time because of this big challenge.
We are looking forward to the Fastest Car Award because we really want to win this. Also we are looking forward to having a nice time in Austin.

USA
Lone Star Racing from Granbury High School & W. Charles Akins H.S. T-STEM Academy
Team Members:
Chloe Scroggins 17 (Team Manager), Ian McMasters 17, Brandon Rush 16, Hannah Holder 16, James Garcia 16, Erwin Neira 16
Lone Star Racing is composed of three students from Granbury High School (Granbury, Texas), and three students from Akins High School (Austin, Texas). We are the Texas Wild Card nominate team. We began our F1 journey as rivals at the Texas Regional competition. The biggest challenge in the F1 in Schools competition is cooperation. Having two teams collaborate together and agree on everything under the sun is impossible. We have found ways to overcome these obstacles, for the most part, through innovative team building practices. Our team has prepared to compete in the most competitive manner possible. We are sure to amaze the judges and fellow competitors. We are looking forward to meeting everyone from various countries around the world! We can’t wait to see their faces when they see Texas.

SINGAPORE
Fyrefliers from River Valley High School
Team Members:
Wong Wai Yuin 17 (Team Manager), Lee Yucong 17, Dion Ho Jia Xu 17, Huang Ruocheng 18, Foo Shanju 17 and Xie Qianqian 18
The team was officially formed in 2013, although we have worked together in the competition in 2010 and 2012. The team became champions in the 2012 Singapore F1 in Schools Technological Challenge and won the opportunity to represent Singapore in the World Finals this year. Although some members could not make it due to age restrictions, they are still supporting us in the background. We think that our team spirit makes us unique as we have known each other for five years and that is a factor that can boost our team spirit tremendously. This event will definitely be an eye-opener for each and every one of us. Of course, we look forward to showcasing our hard work to the world, after all, it is what we came for. World Champions. It is important for the team to look far and have a common goal that can motivate us in difficult times. Aim high, leave no regrets.

UAE
POPCOM from Al Shohub School, Abu Dhabi
Team Members:
Ruba Al Attas 16, Alyazia Al Mazrouei 16 and Almaha Al Mansoori 16
We were originally a team of six girls who formed in September 2012. We entered the UAE F1 in Schools competition and were so excited to gain a place in the World Finals taking place in Texas. We are determined and have faced many changes throughout the year. Due to many of our team members being unable to attend the World Finals we have had to overcome many challenges to make sure we know exactly what to do. We are working hard to make sure we meet the deadlines and will not give up! We are looking forward to the amazing atmosphere, meeting people, seeing our competition and exchanging ideas and thoughts. This is a once in a life time experience for us and we can't wait! We are expecting enthusiasm, anticipation and nerves. We are imagining a huge event with a constant buzz of excitement and fun.

GREECE
Speed Deamons from Ellinogermaniki Agogi High School
Team Members:
Vasileios Georgopoulos 17 (Team Manager), Panagiotis Somalakis 17, Danae Stavropoulou 16, Christiana Tsantrizou 16, Anna Moragli 17
Since its foundation in 2011 Speed Deamons racing team has focused on gaining a new insight in innovation and creativity. The talented students that were chosen to join the team possess strong leadership qualities with diversified abilities in engineering, designing, marketing, and public speaking, essential qualifications to join this project and maximize the possibilities of success. Our highly developed ability to work effectively under pressure and our willingness to create value and make the difference, encourage us to be a promising and competitive team. We are most looking forward to gaining the ‘gifts’ of an international experience that the World Finals will secure for our team: to meet teams from other countries, to make new friendships and to point out the passion for distinction! Finally through the World Finals we expect to: learn more, to gain international experience, to discover ‘secrets’ and ‘treasures’ when meeting foreign cultures and also a reward for our team that worked hard under pressure and followed strict rules.

GREECE AND UAE
Safire Blue Bullets Racing from German International School
Team Members:
Dalia Abdelrahman 16, Julian Beyerlein 16, Jounes Gross 18, Maximilian Stucke 16, Jordan McKenzie 18 (Team Manager)
Safire Racing was founded in 2011 and won both Best Rookie Team and Best Engineered Car at the 2012 UAE National Finals. From there we went on to represent the UAE at that year’s World Finals in Abu Dhabi where we won Best Verbal Presentation. White Blue Bullets is a rookie team eager to prove themselves and did so at their National Final this year. Together we form Safire Blue Bullets Racing and are excited to be a part of the World Finals 2013! Unfortunately the members of White Blue Bullets are no longer able to participate but the members of Safire Racing will still be in Austin to make our countries proud! Representing an international school, we are all of very different backgrounds and are able to use our experiences and expertise to each bring something unique to the team. We are looking forward to meeting new people, exchanges ideas, and showcasing all of our hard work. We expect this to be an experience of a lifetime! We hope it will be a great competition with many talented and ambitious teams!

CYPRUS
Six & Plus from Saint George’s High School
Team Members:
Louiza Chrysanthou 17, Georgios Konstantinou 17, Mira Skarou 17, Yiannis Savva, Dimitris Fotiou 16, Kallia Flourentzou 17 (Team Manager)
We are six completely different people, with differed ideas and interests, but somehow, together we form a unique, strong and an unprecedented team. We are looking forward to meeting the members of the other teams, experiencing the competition itself, making new friendships and discovering the F1 world! It would be a stupendous experience! We want to have a decent presentation and manage to break the records that our team managed to achieve in the National Finals. Furthermore, we are expecting to meet a lot of people in our age and make new friends, get to see the state and enjoy the whole experience as much as we can!

MALAYSIA
Spexlit from SMK Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom
Team Members:
Nur Farah Aqilah Rose Man 16 (Team Manager), Muhammad Asyraaf Abdul Razak 16, Muhammad Rasydan Rabbani Mahadi 16, Nur Najwaizzati Azmi 16.
It is rewarding that we are the first school from east zone of Peninsular to be representing Malaysia in the World Finals. There are so many talented people in this competition; therefore we have to compete with each other to be the best among the others and it is not that easy. This competition has really exposed us to the world of engineering at such a young age. Our team, SPEXLIT consist of two males and two females. We have a spirit which is enthusiastic to be the World Champions.

PORTUGAL
Falcon Team from Escola Tecnico Profissional de Cantanhede
Team Members:
Daniel Ribeiro 17 (Team Manager), Ana Grilo 17, Daniel Neves 19, Mario Santos 16
The Falcon Team was created in February 2012. Our team name is based on a squadron of the Portuguese Air Force called Falcons from Air Base 5 (BA5). Falcon Team was the name chosen for the team because our Team Leader loves the Air Force and jet fighters. We participated in the regional and national final of the 2012 season which gave us vision and experience. In the regional and national final of the 2013 season we took first place and some other prizes. The Falcon Team is a cohesive team focused on innovation to develop dynamic solutions for the F1 in Schools project. We define ourselves by self-motivation and the ability to use our experience to improve our work and show our partnerships with proven results. We are looking forward to coming back to Portugal and our home city with the best result possible. Beside this primary objective we want to meet new people, understand their culture, learn new things and have the privilege to see the world of Formula One racing.

UAE
Adroit Infinitum from The Indian High School, Dubai
Team Members:
Malvikha Manoj 16 (Team Manager), Radhika Gupta 17, Rahul Gupta 17, Jonathan Paulson 17, Dhruv Kapoor 16, Sameer Rathod 16
Coming together after the senior Intra School event held in the Indian High School, Dubai, we were a collaboration between Team Torque and Team Adroit Infinitum for the National Finals, a melting pot of talent; a team of six young, enthusiastic and creative minds, with varied personalities, aspirations and aims. However we share one common love - a burning passion to create history, together as one team: Adroit Infinitum. What really makes us unique is that at the end of the day, we present everything we've got together as a Team and especially in the face of challenge, we bring out the real essence of working together. We had the privilege to be volunteers during the World Finals last year because it was held in Abu Dhabi and we got a visitor's taste of the pomp and excitement the competition brings with it. We look forward to experiencing it again this time, however, from the point of view of a potential contender for the Bernie Ecclestone Trophy!

UNITED KINGDOM
Red Set Racing from Sprowston Community High School, Norwich
Team Members:
Ryan Clabon 17 (Team Manager), Will Mulhall 17, Thomas Carver 17
Our journey began when we formed in August 2012. From there we won the Central UK Regionals in February 2013, moving forward we then won the UK Nationals in March 2013 which secured us a place in the World Finals. A magic moment for Red Set Racing was when the team was sat at the awards ceremony at the National Finals and hearing our team name being called out as UK National Champions for 2013. What we are most looking forward to is racing our cars at the World Finals. We found that the biggest challenge was designing a fast car, without it impeding the limits of the specification. Moreover, we are expecting the World Finals to be a very high profile, elegant event and with plenty of competition

USA
Allegiance Racing from Southeast High School
Team Members:
Alyssa Cote 15 (Team Manager), Joseph Komor 16, Merritt Kendzior 14, Sean Martin 16, Sheel Patel 15
As a team, we're not just team mates that hold meetings three times a week, we've become a family. We have amazing chemistry together and it allows us to work in a fun environment and be very productive. We have had the experience of building a team within a short period of time for Nationals and now we are confident in our ability to deliver a quality F1 in Schools World Finals team. The United States is an amazing country and we want to honour our nation by doing a great job through our participation at the F1 in Schools World Finals. We not only have to represent the US, but also ourselves and we hope to do it exceptionally. Our dedication to the US and our loyalty to its tradition is the reason we named our team Allegiance Racing.

USA
Imperia from Manheim Township High School, Pennsylvania
Team Members:
Jonathan Whitcraft 18 (Team Manager), Collin Wolf 18, Martin Stika 18, Colin Stannard 17, Nathan Hillegas 16
We take extreme pride in the fact that the five of us are responsible for everything that is produced under the Imperia name. Our advisor, to whom we owe our deepest respect and gratitude, is there to ensure that we are able to do things like travel, as well as allow us time to use the school’s facilities. We all are independent in the manufacturing of our car and other parts i.e. we use the machines without the aid of teachers, and feel that our complete isolation from outside help is something that makes the products we make a true representation of the skill level of our team. While placing at nationals along with other awards was a dream come true, we feel our magic moment was when we received the first large cheque for a World Finals sponsorship; seeing that there are those out there who are truly backing us and believing in the impact this competition can have on our futures is very special.

AUSTRALIA
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.

AUSTRALIA
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.

CANADA
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 One’s 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.

CHINA
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 we’re 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!

CYPRUS
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
We’re a well-bonded team with structure and organization. This though, is not what sets us apart from everyone else; it’s 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 year’s finals. We’d 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 can’t wait to be part of this amazing group.

BAHRAIN
Epiphany from St Christopher’s 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. Epiphany’s biggest challenge throughout this process would have to have been securing sponsorship for the team. At this year’s World Finals we aim to make improvements on last year’s 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.

GERMANY
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 - doesn’t 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.

ENGLAND
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 we’ve 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 can’t wait to get to Texas. After seeing the videos from previous World Finals, we know that this will be one of the greatest experiences we’ll ever have and it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We’re all really excited about meeting the new teams and making new friendships with people from all around the world. We also can’t wait for the Grand Prix at the end of the week as well as the paddock tours.

GERMANY
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.

QATAR
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 Qatar’s number-one team.

QATAR
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.

WALES
Falcon F1 from Connah’s 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 isn’t 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.

IRELAND
Bardahl Racing from St. David’s 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.

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