F1 in Schools targets Middle East motorsport 08 Apr 2008
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, presented his vision of expanding the initiative throughout the Middle East region at last weeks Motor Sport Business Forum. The two-day event, which brought together leading industry professionals, took place at the Bahrain International Circuit, ahead of Sundays Grand Prix.
The annual F1 in Schools competition challenges schoolchildren from 29 countries to design, build and test model CO2-powered balsa wood Formula One cars. And while the contest is already firmly established in Kuwait, Denford hopes that schools in other countries in the region will start to participate too.
The Middle East is experiencing phenomenal investment and growth in motorsport, and there is a challenge to build the infrastructure of skilled personnel alongside the impressive race circuit facilities, he explained. We hope that our F1 in Schools programme can play an important role within mainstream education in this region and expect to follow up on this Forum with some of the influential and pioneering personalities who can help us to achieve this.
At the event, Denford also announced that F1 in Schools planned to launch its Middle East expansion in the near future, focusing on seven countries in particular, as part of a collaboration with Union Properties and the F1X in Dubai.
The F1 in Schools 2008 world championships recently took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the build up to the Malaysian Grand Prix. Team Pulse, from Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth, England, were eventually crowned champions and took home the Bernie Ecclestone world championship trophy and BEng Automotive and Motor Sport Engineering scholarships at Londons City University as their prizes.