The for­mula for suc­cess

F1 CAR PUTS A NEW SPIN ON FUNDRAIS­ING

Bray People - - News Focus - Mary FOG­A­RTY

ST. DAVID’S Secondary School F1 in schools team, the Koni Kats, brought For­mula 1 fever to Grey­stones over the week­end.

As part of their fund-rais­ing bag pack in Tesco, the team had Jen­son But­ton’s Honda For­mula 1 racing car on dis­play as their star at­trac­tion.

The St. David’s stu­dents, Eoin O’Con­nell, Sean Clery, Conor Daly and Adam Gam­mell, are the reign­ing Ir­ish F1 in Schools cham­pi­ons and will be rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land at the World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don in June ’09, which will co­in­cide with the Bri­tish F1 Grand Prix at Sil­ver­stone.

The team is in the process of de­sign­ing their model F1 car us­ing 3D CAD which they will race against 20 teams from as far away as Aus­tralia, South Africa, China and the United States at next year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The team uses the same cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture their de­signs that the real F1 teams use. They must also mar­ket their team, raise spon­sor­ship and de­velop their own graphic iden­tity.

To fund their trip to the World Fi­nals, the team needs to raise aroung ¤15,000, so it was all sys­tems go at the week­end as their fel­low stu­dents and many of their teach­ers gave up their free time to help out. The event was a great suc­cess, rais­ing al­most ¤5,000.

The team has been busy over the sum­mer too, build­ing their own race track for test­ing their de­signs dur­ing the com­ing year. The new track will be on dis­play at the school’s open night on Tues­day evening.

If any­one would like to help the lads they can con­tact the team’s Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Conor Daly, at f1@stdavids.ie. More in­for­ma­tion about the project can be found at the team’s web­site www.konikats.com.

Stu­dents Conor Daly and Sean Clery with the F1 car in Tesco.

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