F1 in Schools National Success

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Byline: Shaun Holdsworth

On the same day that our national rugby team picked up the Grand Slam, an F1 in Schools team from Ysgol Friars, called Team Fast Lane, also achieved huge success. Team Fast Lane, are the new Welsh National Champions of the F1 in Schools competition 2011/12. On March 16 and 17, Team Fast Lane attended the F1 in Schools National Final which was held in conjunction with the Big Bang Fair 2012. The team at Ysgol Friars consists of six pupils, Aron Griffith (team manager), Isabel Griffith (resources manager), Masuma Begum (graphic designer), Emily Owens (design engineer), Tomos Owen (graphic designer) and John Foden Shroff (manufacturing engineer).

Team Fast Lane picked up the awards for 'Best engineered car' and 'Best use of solid works'. The team were also nominated for two other awards. As a result of the team's efforts, they were also picked to represent Wales at the International F1 in Schools final. Over the two-day event, the team was required to present, discuss and race their winning car. The team was asked to give a 10-minute verbal presentation to F1 engineers, discuss the engineering principles behind their ideas, race their car and present their work to the public at the Big Bang Fair.

Team Fast Lane would like to thank all sponsors and partners for their support in the build-up to the national event. These are: Ysgol Friars, Ysgol Friars PTA, Krypton Cloth Ltd, Bangor University, Plus Display, Magnesium Elektron, Gwynedd Smart Repair, Recognition Express, Welsh Slate and Chem-Tool Ltd. …