Richard Bradley Appointed as F1 in Schools Ambassador

26 Jul

Singapore, 25 July 2010 – Formula BMW Pacific racing driver and multiple British kart racing champion Richard Bradley has been selected to be the ambassador for F1 in Schools in Singapore. At the Singapore F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 2010 Finals to be held on 28 July 2010, Bradley will be sharing his secrets to success and the benefits of motorsports at an exclusive guest speaker session.

Members of the public are invited to come down for the event and for an opportunity to interact and meet with Bradley. Bradley will also be participating in an invitational race with a miniature gas-powered F1 car against Singapore Motor Sport Association’s President Tan Teng Lip.

Competing in the Formula BMW Pacific Championship this season, Bradley is currently leading the Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup. Making the transition from racing karts to single-seaters when he moved to Singapore at the end of last year, Bradley last raced in a kart last November. Then in June, he made a successful comeback in karting when he won the opening round of the Asian Open Karting Championship in The Philippines.

“I am very honoured to have been chosen as the ambassador for F1 in Schools in Singapore. In conjunction with the country’s goals of pursuing motorsports development, I hope that my experiences will inspire and motivate more youths to pick up the sport,” said Bradley.

He added, “There’s more to motorsports than just being a driver. The research, design and technology behind a race car require a committed team of engineers and mechanics as well. Having a qualification in motorsports engineering, I hope to raise awareness and interest of the technical side of motorsports.”

Bradley will be racing across the streets of Singapore at Marina Bay when the Formula BMW Pacific Championship comes in September as a support race to the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

Open to the public, the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 2010 Finals for Singapore will take place on 28 July 2010 at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Of the 800 over students that have been trained by F1 in Schools Pte Ltd over the last six months, 48 teams across 23 primary and secondary schools will compete for the prestigious opportunity to represent Singapore at the F1 in Schools World Championship 2011 in Abu Dhabi next year.

In addition, Singapore has been granted the honour this year to host the 6th F1 in Schools World Championship 2010 where the 2009 national champions of the various F1 in Schools competitions around the globe will congregate for the ultimate challenge. McLaren Mercedes F1 team driver Jenson Button has been invited as the special guest for the F1 in Schools World Championship 2010 in September.

F1 in Schools is a global multi-disciplinary challenge where teams of students aged nine to 19 deploy CAD (Computer Aided Design)/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test and race miniature gas-powered balsa wood F1 cars.

Teams who have gone through the F1 in Schools training programme will compete at the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge finals where the national champion will then represent the country at the F1 in Schools World Championship. F1 in Schools is active in 30 countries worldwide and every year the national champions of the various countries meet to vie for the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship Trophy.
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About Richard Bradley
(www.richardbradleymotorsport.com) Formula BMW racing driver Richard Bradley is a renowed British kart racing champion who has raced at the KF1 (Karting Formula 1), the highest level of kart racing. Since he first started karting at the age of eight, Bradley has gone on to win several titles, including the 2008 British Open Championship. He became the youngest ever winner of a Formula A S1 MSA British Kart Championship round at the age of 15 years and 8 months and had three Top 6 finishes in the 2009 CIK FIA Super KF1 European Championship. In addition, he was a CIK-FIA sponsored young driver in the 2009 CIK-FIA Super KF1 World Cup and CIK-FIA Super KF1 World Championship.

About F1 in Schools
(www.f1inschools.com) Spanning the age ranges of nine to 19, its main objective is to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, science, marketing and technology.

About F1 in Schools Pte Ltd
Established with committed partners to provide an exciting and challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One, F1 in Schools Pte Ltd is responsible for running the F1 in Schools programme in Singapore.

It successfully set up two F1 in Schools Innovation Centres in 2010: one in River Valley High School and one in Hwa Chong Institution. These centres are armed with the full-fledged equipment used in the F1 in School programme.

The equipment includes the Solidworks software (for designing of cars), CNC milling machines (for manufacturing of cars), Wind Tunnel (for testing of aerodynamics) and Race Track (for racing). Students are trained to use the equipment for the competition as well as to enhance their knowledge on design and technology.

By the end of 2011, F1 in Schools Pte Ltd aims to set up another three centres, bringing the total number of F1 in Schools Innovation Centres to five. This will then cater to the increase in participants for the programme.

Leveraging on Singapore’ strong reputation for premium education, F1 in Schools Pte Ltd is also collaborating with the Singapore Tourism Board to further build upon this programme to target overseas school groups.

Partners of F1 in Schools Pte Ltd include Tham Siew Keong (Managing Director), Asiapac Distribution Pte Ltd (distributor of IT products like Fujitsu laptops, Lexmark printers etc.) and F1 in Schools Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.
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FORMULA ONE TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE in Singapore

COMPETITION FORMAT

The FORMULA ONE TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE in Singapore is a national competition that selects teams to represent Singapore at the F1 in Schools World Championship. Participants have to undergo the F1 in Schools programme to pick up key skills in the following areas:

• Business Plan
Consisting of three to six members, each team is required to prepare a business plan, develop a marketing strategy, manage a budget and raise sponsorship.

• Design
Using 3D CAD (Computed Aided Design) software like SolidWorks, teams design an F1 car of the future.

• Analyse
The design of the car is in a virtual reality wind tunnel to determine its feasibility.

• Make
The car design is implemented and manufactured with a CNC router.

• Test
The aerodynamics of the manufactured F1 car is tested in an actual wind tunnel.

• Race
Teams will race their cars in time trials to test the performance.

Judged on car speed, as well as supporting evidence of their design, verbal presentation and marketing display, teams then participate in the FORMULA ONETM TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE in Singapore for the chance to compete internationally for the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship trophy.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The Secondary Division is divided into two categories: D-Type (Dragster) and R-Type (Racing). The winner of the R-Type category will represent Singapore at the F1 in Schools World Championship 2011 in Abu Dhabi next year, whilst the winner of the D-Type category will collaborate with an overseas team to compete in the World Championship. The overall winner of the Bernie Ecclestone Trophy at the World Championship will also win a scholarship at City University, London.

Judging criteria in the National Finals include:

• Team Identity
Race jackets, caps and other team branding to show team spirit and identity

• Marketing and Sponsorship
Participants need to source for sponsorships to fund their competition. They also need to market themselves to sponsors and decorate their display booths to attract spectators and judges.

• Engineering
Creation of ideas, usage of SolidWorks for their car designs, testing of designs, and finishing of the car are all taken into account for judging.

• Speed of Car
The cars that are propelled by CO2 gas canisters will race across a 20-metre race track. Laser race gates which can record timings in milliseconds are used to track the timings.

• Presentation
Judges will go around the various teams’ display booths to ask questions. All members of the team must be able to show deep knowledge and understanding of their work. They must also be aware of each other’s strengths, weaknesses and assigned roles. Good articulation and clear presentation will reflect their confidence in the project.

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