The EESW Wales Rally GB Competition for schools was a joint initiative between the WRGB organisers, Toyota UK and the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) on behalf of the Welsh Government and was open to all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in the region. EESW received over a hundred entries into the competition from primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in Wales and the task of selecting a winner was not an easy one!
Rheinallt Jones of Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni was the proud winner of the competition, having his livery design applied to a Toyota GT86, courtesy of Toyota. The winning design was applied to the car, which was displayed at Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni for a short period ahead of its official unveiling. The design was officially unveiled by Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, Ken Skates and Toyota GAZOO Racing WRC star Jari Matti Latvala at the Big Bang @ Dayinsure Wales Rally GB on Thursday 26th October, in front of a large crowd of Rally-goers!
Rheinallt was presented with a scale model of his liveried car and an artist’s impression of his design, signed by WRC racing drivers Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi as well as Team Principal, four-time WRC Champion and Tommi Mäkinen.
Rheinallt said “I tried to think of what would look cool and came up with the red dragon on the Welsh flag and then changed the shape to fit the car. I went through multiple designs and it took about a week to settle on the final one. I’m a big rallying and motor sport fan in general, so I’m really excited to be here with my friends and family and am looking forward to taking them along to see some of the action”
The runners-up of the competition, Blake Chandler (Ysgol Gwynedd) and Ivan Cherednichenko (Corpus Christi High School) also attended the unveiling and received hoodies and goody bags, courtesy of Performance Clothing and Toyota. The winner and runners-up were treated to a VIP lunch, courtesy of Citroen and Toyota, as well as a VIP tour of the Toyota Engine Plant.
The Big Bang @ Dayinsure Wales Rally GB STEM Awareness Event was a huge success, with over 1800 people attending over two days, with over 500 receiving a tour of the Toyota Engine Plant. Over 30 schools from across Wales attended with their pupils and the event was a huge hit with teachers, pupils and members of the public alike! With interactive exhibits from EESW, Toyota, Qioptiq, JCB, Airbus and many more, there were lots of things to see and do at the event!
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy thoroughly enjoyed their time at the event, saying “The Education Marquee was brilliant with lots of interactive activities for our students (and staff!!) to take part in. But it was brilliant to come away with clear information regarding qualifications needed for apprenticeships not to mention where these opportunities are available. We can now use these and pass them on to our students back in school.”
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