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Tension mounts at F1 in Schools World Finals 22 Sep 2010

F1 in Schools teams, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, 21 September 2010. © F1 in Schools A Lotus Formula One car at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, 20 September 2010. © F1 in Schools The winning Irish team. F1 in Schools World Championships 2009, London, England, 17 September 2009. © Ebrey/ F1 in Schools F1 in Schools teams arrive for the opening ceremony and lunch, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, 19 September 2010. © F1 in Schools The F1 in Schools contenders. F1 in Schools World Championships 2009, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, England, 17 September 2009. © Ebrey/ F1 in Schools

There’s nail-biting tension in the air at the F1 in Schools World Finals after a second day of competition at Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Over the course of the last three days 25 teams, totalling over 120 students, have been brought together for the biggest challenge of their life, competing for coveted automotive and motorsport engineering university scholarships to City University, London and the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy.

The teams have completed their presentations, time trial races and pit displays and all that remains is the final stages of the knock-out racing before the judges can total up the scores to determine the winners of the F1 in Schools World Finals. As the title closes in for one team, the outgoing champions, Koni Kats from Ireland, arrived in Singapore to hand back the winning trophy.

“It’s been an amazing year,” said Adam Gammell from the Koni Kats. “We’ve been given a civic reception in our home town, a celebration presentation from Engineers Ireland and an award from the Computer Society. We went to the British Grand Prix as part of our prize and that was a real eye-opener, seeing Formula One from the inside and meeting so many drivers and personalities.

“We were fortunate enough to meet Richard Cregan from the Yas Marina circuit - also a fellow Irishman - and on behalf of the circuit he kindly agreed to sponsor our trip to Singapore. In return we came via Abu Dhabi to visit the F1 in Schools centre, meet the UAE F1 in Schools finalists and give them some advice for the competition. We would like to thank Richard for his kindness and support.”

The Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi started its F1 in Schools programme a year ago and has two teams competing at this year’s competition. Zer0.9 is a team comprising students from the Indian High School, Dubai, and an Australian school, Pine Rivers High School. Impulse is a group of students from Dubai College with both schools newcomers to the programme.

Cregan, CEO, Yas Marina Circuit and F1 in Schools Ireland Patron, said: “The F1 in Schools programme has brought the sport into the classroom with a focus on engineering and science. We welcomed the opportunity to host the current world champions here in Abu Dhabi with a view to sharing their experience and knowledge, which I’m sure will be helpful to our teams this week in Singapore. It provides an excellent outlet for young talent and helps UAE students release their latent potential while participating in the initiative.”

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, added: “Koni Kats have been a credit to F1 in Schools and showed just how life-changing winning this challenge can be. We are delighted that they have joined us in Singapore and I know they are enjoying meeting this year’s teams. They have also been very impressed with the standards of presentation and are very keen to find out the name of their successor.”

The F1 in Schools World Finals Singapore 2010, which is supported by LG, culminates on Wednesday with an awards ceremony to be attended by F1 drivers and paddock personalities. The guest of honour will be Dr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Health.

For further information on F1 in Schools visit www.F1inSchools.com.