We win in F1 school

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

AUS­TRALIANS are forg­ing ahead in the For­mula One grid. Not only is Mark Web­ber lead­ing the F1 driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship, but also bud­ding F1 race en­gi­neers from Aus­tralia have scooped the most awards at the sixth an­nual F1 in Schools world fi­nals in Singapore.

Vic­to­rian team Basilisk Per­for­mance, from Se­bastopol Col­lege in Bal­larat, won best port­fo­lio, best en­gi­neered car and the ‘‘ashes’’ for the fastest Aus­tralian and Bri­tish car.

Amer­ica won the out­right cham­pi­onship ahead of Bris­bane team Zer0.9, which came sec­ond for the third year in a row. The Bris­bane team, from Pine Rivers State High School, won best col­lab­o­ra­tion award from their work with the In­dian School in Dubai.

Team Zer0.9 had ex­pert tech­ni­cal ad­vice from V8 Su­per­cars Team Voda­fone chief en­gi­neer Ludo Lacroix.

Team Voda­fone prin­ci­pal Roland Dane says some of the team mem­bers could work for his com­pany, Triple 8 En­gi­neer­ing, one day.

‘‘Who knows? At least they’re get­ting a head start and chan­nelling their en­er­gies into some­thing worth­while,’’ he says.

F1 in Schools is a multi-dis­ci­plinary en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenge for stu­dents aged nine to 19 in 25 teams from 17 coun­tries.

Over the three-day com­pe­ti­tion teams were as­sessed by a panel of in­ter­na­tional judges.

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