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Saturday 23 September 2017

Wicklow school captures prestigious F1 award

The Bardahl Racing racing team of Patrick Flaherty, Conor Darcy, Christopher Lynch and Joseph Moran
The Bardahl Racing racing team of Patrick Flaherty, Conor Darcy, Christopher Lynch and Joseph Moran
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

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Four students from St David's School in Greystones have earned won the Best Engineered Car Award at the F1 in Schools World Championships in Austin, Texas.

The self-named team of Bardahl Racing is made up of Patrick Flaherty, Conor Darcy, Christopher Lynch and Joseph Moran and they received their award on Wednesday.

They are currently the F1 in Schools National Champions and also won the award for Young ICT Person of the Year award for their achievements in the F1 in Schools competition.

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, manufacture and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the future

There are parameters for the vehicles which must be  a21cm long scale model designed using 3D solid modelling software and machined from a block of balsa wood, incorporating 3D print technology in its rear and front wings.

At the World Finals each team brought along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools said of this year’s World Finals, “I’m always blown away by the professionalism, innovation, engineering capabilities and overall dedication shown by the World Finals teams. This year there was an incredibly high standard of work and it made it very difficult to judge.”

The Bardahl Team will remain in Texas to see the F1 Grand prix and will be returning to Ireland on Tuesday.

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