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FOUR LEAV­ING CERT. stu­dents from St. David’s Secondary School proved their met­tle last week when they won the F1 in Schools World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don.

Sean Cleary, Conor Daly, Adam Gam­mell and Eoin O’Con­nell have been hard at work for the past two years build­ing a minia­ture For­mula One car ca­pa­ble of reach­ing speeds of up to 250km per hour.

Call­ing them­selves the Koni Kats the boys won the Na­tional Fi­nals ear­lier this year pro­gress­ing to the World Cham­pi­onships.

In Lon­don last week they beat off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from 20 other coun­tries winning the Best En­gi­neered Car award and the Best Oral Pre­sen­ta­tion award.

Over the course of the com­pe­ti­tion the boys have also done ex­ten­sive fundrais­ing rais­ing €19,500.

A num­ber of stu­dents from St. David’s Secondary School and par­ents at­tended the fi­nals last week as did the boy’s en­gi­neer­ing teacher, Tom Reynolds and their English and his­tory teacher, Tri­ona Bros­nan.

Deputy Prin­ci­pal Anne Kearns said it was a great achieve­ment for the boys and the school and said the en­tire school was very proud of them.

The awards cer­e­mony was at­tended by Lewis Hamil­ton and the fours lads won the pres­ti­gious Bernie Ec­cle­stone tro­phy, a VIP tour of the McClaren F1 head­quar­ters and a full schol­ar­ship to City Uni­ver­sity in Lon­don.

TOP: Adam Gam­mell, Conor Daly, Eoin O’Con­nell and Sean Cleary with F1 cham­pion driver Lewis Hamil­ton. BE­LOW: The lads get are wel­comed back to St. David’s.

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