A1 Racing, a team of students from Australia, who were crowned F1 in Schools World Champions earlier this week, were given a day to remember yesterday when Formula One™ boss, Bernie Ecclestone, presented his F1 in Schools™ Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy to the team, a collaboration of students from Pine Rivers State High School, Brisbane and Phoenix Community College, Victoria.
Meeting Ecclestone in the paddock at the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, the team of six 17-year-olds created a media scrum when the F1™ boss gave over his time to meet with them. He showed great interest in their world-beating scale model F1 race car and gave the A1 Racing team members advice on how to start a career in Formula 1™.
Ben Marshall asked Ecclestone,” What advice would you give students like us who want to get into the motorsport industry, how should we go about it?”  Ecclestone endorsed the F1 in Schools challenge and its benefits saying, “All the teams know you anyway, just do what you’re doing and you’ll get there.”
F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman, Andrew Denford, was singled out by Ecclestone as the reason he became involved in this global educational initiative.
Denford said of the trophy presentation to A1 Racing by Ecclestone, “We’re very proud to have the support of Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One Management and we value the help he gives us by presenting the trophy in the paddock which is a memorable experience for the students and great publicity for F1 in Schools”.
He added, “ The students worked tremendously hard to achieve their success, so it is great for them to have recognition from the man at the helm of Formula One.”
A1 Racing is led by Team Manager, Beau Gieskens 15, with five team mates, Jacqueline Cunningham, 16,Manufacturing Engineer,  Luke Meredith 17,Marketing Manager,  Ben Marshall 17, Development Engineer,  Sam Young 16,Collaboration Co-ordinator, Dylan Sexton 17, Design Engineer.
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2013 was held over the course of four days at the Hyatt Regency, with 38 teams from 22 countries brought together for the biggest challenge of their life, competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted automotive and motorsport engineering scholarships to City University London.
The F1 in Schools programme operates in over 40 countries. Each of the National Champions and runners-up are invited to compete at the World Finals and third placed teams are invited to participate by forming a collaboration team, linking with a runners-up team from another country.
F1 in Schools tasks students to design a model compressed air powered F1™ Car of the future using CAD/CAM Engineering techniques. Cars are then manufactured on a CNC machine. Each team of between three and six students brings together their portfolio of work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals with a time of 1.020 seconds.
Video News Edit
A Video News Edit of the F1 in Schools World Finals Austin, Texas 2013 is now available for download. The edit follows the event from the arrival of the 38 teams of students from 22 countries, through to the crowning of the F1 in Schools World Champions 2013, Australian team, A1 Racing.  Footage include, the judging elements of the competition, racing of the scale-model F1 cars and the presentation of the 20 awards.
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