During week 7 Aspect Racing travelled to Melbourne to compete against 37 schools in the F1 in Schools National Finals.
On day 1 the team were marked on their car design and had the opportunity to make changes based on feedback from the judges.
The team assembled their pit booth display on day 2. Doing something which has never been done in Australian F1 in Schools history, the team used three 55 inch TV screens which are interactive to educate visitors further on their car design.
Day 2 also involved an automatic race, where the car is launched by an automated system. The team raced against X-Calibre racing, and placed second overall in car track speed, with a time of 1.092 seconds, only 0.003 seconds off first place.
On day 3, Aspect Racing competed in a race using reaction time racing. This incorporates the cars track speed, as well as the team members reaction to a light to start the car.
Dom Van Zyl recorded a reaction time of .181 and a car time of 1.075 giving us a final time of 1.256 and putting us in first place!
Aspect Racing finished the heats for the knockout competition in first position overall. The team made it to the semi-finals, but unfortunately lost in a close race to Seido Racing, who had the fastest reaction time of the competition, and consequently, ended up winning the knockout stage.
Aspect Racing were also given the opportunity that afternoon to show their pit booth display to the judges, boasting the 3 TVs and also showing our virtual reality tour of our “car garage”.
The judges were very impressed and gave the team many compliments on what they had produced.
On Friday’s presentation night, the team were rewarded for all their hard work by being awarded national champions in – Graphic Design, Engineering CAD, and the prestigious Fastest Lap (meaning Aspect Racing had the fastest track time). They also finished 2nd in Australia for their pit booth and portfolios.
At the National Finals held at the Bosch Headquarters, Aspect Racing placed 11th out of the best 17 development teams in Australia. If it wasn’t for the breakage of the front wing, them team would have finished 2nd in Australia for development class. This would have given us the opportunity to represent Australia at the World Finals in Singapore. This was unfortunate but a great lesson to learn for our next attempt at the National title.
A big thank you to Nicole Bruce-Gordon and the families that travelled to Melbourne to watch and support Aspect Racing. A special thank you must go to Darren Nottle who was a massive help during the week and also putting in many hours with myself and the team after school in the lead up to National Finals. I would also like to thank and acknowledge our sponsors along with many other teachers and students who helped the team get to where they are.
F1 in School’s Teacher