Portlaoise Formula 1 pupils in the fast lane

Two racing car teams from Scoil Chríost Rí have reached the F1 in Schools national final, to compete against 17 other teams from around Ireland for the national title.

Two racing car teams from Scoil Chríost Rí have reached the F1 in Schools national final, to compete against 17 other teams from around Ireland for the national title.

“Team Nitro Sonic’ and “Bolt” made it through the Regional Finals in Dublin last month with their miniature Formula 1 racing cars.

The Irish champions will be chosen at Dublin Castle on April 29 during Tech Week Ireland, going on to the World Finals 2016 in Singapore.

Team Nitro Sonic’s four transition years are Mairead Keogh as team manager and graphic designer, Amy Dobson resource and social media advisor, Sorcha Mathews car developer and Soha Haroon marketing and communication manager.

Mairead was driver at the regionals.

“After a successful day we once again came out on top, and winning all the races in our league. Huge thankyou and appreciation to all our sponsors,” she said.

The Bolt F1 team also consists of four TYs, Rachel Hitchcock, Colleen Rickard, Emily O’Donoghue and Karen O’Reilly.

Team Manager Rachel is excited about the final.

“It’s been a brilliant experience and we are absolutely delighted to get through, and determined to further on in the competition. It would be an honour to represent Ireland in the world final,” she said, also thanking their sponsor.

Both teams impressed the team of judges both by their promotional stands and their verbal presentations, as well as winning races on the day.

‘F1 in Schools’ is part of an international competition with Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone as patron.

Teams of students aged 9 to 19 use CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, manufacture and then race miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars.

The exciting challenge requires physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership and teamwork, media skills and financial strategy.

The objective is to raise the profile of technology, engineering and science as subjects and career choices.