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Local schools race to F1 final

UTC Reading held the annual regional heat of F1 in Primary Schools.

UTC Reading held the annual regional heat of F1 in Primary Schools.

Teams from Caversham Primary School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School and Droxford Junior School battled it out to have the fastest car and progress on to the national final.

Before race day - and with support from F1 in Primary School ambassadors - teams had been working to build their cars, create their pit design and polish their presentation to deliver to the judges. Cars have been designed using CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, and manufactured using CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machines. Teams were also tasked with gaining sponsorship.


Racing took place on the official 20m track. Race times were combined with judges’ scores on pit design and team presentation, and it was team Flaming Falcons from St Anne’s Catholic Primary School (representing Berkshire) and team Swift from Droxford Junior School (representing Hampshire) who finished in joint first place.

F1 aerodynamicist, John Iley who has worked for teams including Ferrari and Jordan was on the judging panel and presented prizes to the winning teams.


Flaming Falcons team manager, 11 year old Lucy Beech said: “It feels really good to win after all the hard work, we’ve done it! I’m really excited to be going to the national finals. My favourite bit of the day was watching Matthew race our car – it was fun but intense watching the clock count down before he pressed the button.”

Representing Berkshire and Hampshire, Flaming Falcons and Swift will now compete against other teams from across the country in the national final on June 23 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

More photos from the day can be found on our Facebook page.

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