With all attention turned to the upcoming United States Grand Prix and the myriad of driver changes leading up to the race, the F1 In Schools World Final went relatively unnoticed.
The competition began in the UK in 2001 and soon spread to an international stage, now hosting teams from over 40 countries with 20 million students participating annually. It challenges the students to design, build and race miniature F1 cars and race them along a 20m test-track.
The World Finals were held this week in Austin, and resulted in the Australian based team, A1 Racing, coming out on top. The team trumped 37 other teams including an Irish team, Bardahl Racing, and the Irish/Australian team, Odyssey. Although the Irish envoy failed to make it to the podium position, neither team returned home empty-handed.
Bardahl Racing, which is composed of students from St. David’s School in Co. Wicklow, won the Irish National Finals in May and scooped the award for ‘Best Engineered Car’ in Austin yesterday. Odyssey, which features several students from Donabate Community College won both the ‘Best International Collaboration’ award and came out on top in the ‘Best Design Portfolio’ category.
Overall, Odyssey placed 6th in the World Championships, while Bardahl Racing were close behind them in 10th.