Team Fast Lane Racing of Ysgol Friars, Bangor, are the current welsh F1 in Schools champions and have recently taken part in the World Final that was held in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The team, have over the past 12 months, been applying their skills, knowledge and acute attention to detail to their World Final set-up.
The team, consisting of 6 Ysgol Friars pupils (Isabel Griffith, Aron Griffith, Tomos Owen, Emily Owens, Masuma Begum and John Foden Shroff) were asked to represent Wales, their nation, at the National Final of the F1 in Schools due to their professionalism, attitude and ability to produce work of an exceptional standard.
Isabel Griffith, Resources Manager for Team Fast Lane was responsible for the team’s fundraising and with support from Krypton Cloth, Padarn Bus, Plus Display, Magnesium Elektron, Chem Tool Ltd, SIEMENS (Llanberis), EESW, IMECHE, GAP personnel, Bangor University, Gwynedd Council, Gwynedd Smart Repair, Caprice, Welsh Automotive Forum, Perkins Furniture, Aerospace Wales, TAQA Energy and Mr Wyn Griffith were able to produce a team identity and brand that distinctively promoted the TFL brand and Ysgol Friars school.
This event brought 33 nations together and put on a showcase of excellence in Engineering.
The event, held over 3 days, at the Ferrari World theme park, Abu Dhabi, put teams from all over the globe to the test. The race was firmly on. All teams are expected to deliver and take part in many different activities in what would see the best team crowned ‘World Champions’. The chair of judges Mr Gary Anderson (BBC F1 co-commentator, Technical Analyst, and formerly the technical director of the Jordan, Stewart and Jaguar F1 teams) welcomed all teams and was full of praise for the exceptional high standard at this year’s world final.
Team Fast Lane’s efforts are commendable and their place at the World Finals was fully justified thanks to a 24th place overall world ranking. The team’s car produced a time of 1.154s over 20m and was judged to be an excellent concept. A unique part of this event saw the team witness first-hand the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which was truly amazing and were even lucky enough to undertake a PIT lane work and promote their brand to the current F1 teams.
There was also a 5 minute programme on the F1 SKY Channel show casing this event (F1 in Schools WORLD final) during the American Grand Prix.
Overall, these pupils are true credit to their school, their Country and fully deserved their place at the World Final.