Formula Schools Race Day 2009 - Silverstone Circuit
Motorsport Stars, Careers Village and over 800 Students at sun baked Silverstone
for the Formula Schools Race Day - Tuesday 2 June
Schools arrived to a glorious sunny day at Silverstone for the grand finale event;
the national Formula Schools Race Day. Over 80 teams, 800 students, travelled from
all over the UK including 7 from Scotland and our first from Wales!
There was plenty to see, in addition to the live track action, the students worked
on their cars in the pit lane garages and were joined by special guests Allan McNish
(Driver) and Louise Goodman (ITV F1/BTCC commentator). Our team of judges were most
impressed by the students work and commitment to the challenge; as it is every year,
at Race Day 2009 the standard has been raised again by so many schools, fulfilling
very high expectations within project management and delivery.
The Careers Village was packed with a fantastic range of displays, inspiring pupils
and teachers about progression routes beyond their Formula Schools activity; promoting
a connection between the students and industry. Enabling the students to engage with
the main purpose of the day; to continue their interest in the fields of science,
technology and engineering in both in education and employment. Displays included
the Royal Navy’s Helicopter Simulator, an Audi R8 Le Mans Car, BLOODHOUND SSC, Oxford
Brookes University, Lunar Racing, TechSoft, RWE npower, Didcot Power Station and
a fantastic display from Go Motorsport who brought cars from; Williams F1, Santa
Pod and Ginetta.
The support from industry and education made for a marvellous event. It was another
classic Formula Schools Race Day with adrenalin on and off the track fuelling the
day. As ever the final champions were battling it out right down to the last moments
of the Grand Prix finals.
With many schools already signing up for next year, and positive feedback from both
pupils and staff, who tell us this year was a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable
event, we very much hope the challenge is able to continue.
Thank you to all staff and students for your critical role which propels the continued
success of the challenge. Furthermore, the support from our industry and education
partners is vital as together we continue to encourage the engineers of the future
to come forward.
We look forward to seeing you in the 2010/11 Formula Schools Season!
2009 IC Champions - Dalbeattie High School
2010 - Electric Overall Champions - Tudor Grange School