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20th May

The F1 in Schools UK Finals at Silverstone saw team Enigma from Robert May’s School in Hampshire steal the chequered flag and become F1 in Schools UK Champions 2016. Their victory scored the team a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals in Austin, Texas, later this year. Enigma also won the Innovative Thinking Award category. The team were presented with the impressive National Champions trophy by Gareth James from The Institution of Engineering and Technology. In addition to securing a trip to Texas for the World Finals, the team are invited to the 2016 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX courtesy of Silverstone and two members of the team also win £5000 per year bursaries for the duration of a Mechanical Engineering degree course at UCL Engineering.

Enigma’s Manager, Katelyn said, “We worked really hard and… put in a lot of time on developing our car, but… there is still room for improvement. We’ve done a huge amount of testing with our car… and also collaborations with other companies. We’ve learned so much through this competition, particularly how to communicate with team mates, how to work with other companies and understand how they work, so many life skills that you learn.” The team are now set to prepare for the World Finals and Katelyn says, “We’re very excited about going to Texas… Having the chance to apply for the Williams Engineering Academy is a great opportunity as well, this competition certainly seems to open doors to the F1 industry.”

The F1 in Schools UK Rookie Finals was fought by 11 teams, with Team United from Kenton School in Newcastle Upon Tyne, taking victory through to the World Finals. In addition to representing their country at the World Finals, all the F1 in Schools UK Champions and runners-up also receive tickets to the 2016 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX practice and qualifying at Silverstone.

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