Wheel-y good display at F1 design event

Students at Valley Gardens Middle School celebrate their F1 design success.
Students at Valley Gardens Middle School celebrate their F1 design success.

Students at a Whitley Bay school saw their Formula 1 dreams brought to life.

Pupils from Valley Gardens Middle School took part in the North East Regional Finals to design, build and race model F1 cars powered by compressed air canisters.

The pupils also had to design their own uniforms and pit display, and present their ideas and project to the judges.

Two teams from Valley Gardens entered, Team Invictus and Team Impact.

Impact – Tom Hamilton, Sam Mathews, Ewan Stephenson and Hamish Swaddle-Scott – were awarded the best Team Identity.

Invictus – Amelia Titterton, Tony Dalziel, Bethany Robson and Sam Heaney – were awarded Innovative Thinking and came second overall, winning a chance to travel to Silverstone on April 20, to race a new developed car and to have a chance of winning a place in the World Finals hosted at Texas this year.

Tony, design engineeer, said: “We are really pleased, its given me a real insight into the world of engineering.”

“Using 3D software like Autodesk Inventor has made me realise this is something I want to pursue as a career.”

To help these teams along the way they needed to gain sponsorship, with First Class Supply jumping at this opportunity to help.