Teams from two schools with strong Sligo contingents have this week returned from Singapore where they took part in the annual ‘Formula 1 in Schools’ competition.
St. Attracta’s Community College, Tubbercurry and St. Muredach’s College, Ballina were both represented at the tourament after ranking among Ireland’s top teams earlier this year.
The St. Muredach’s team, known as Team AIB Racing, which included Enniscrone natives Aaron Hannon, Robert Grimes and Paul Flynn and Enda Flanagan from Mayo achieved an impressive third place finish which also earned them a place on the podium.
In addition, they also won the Best Pit Display award and team manager Aaron Hannon was named among ten students who have been accepted into the Randstead Williams Engineering Academy, who mentor and nurture budding engineers geared towards potential careers in Formula 1.
Meanwhile the St. Attracta’s team, Verus Racing, brought home an award for Best Use of Social Media, adding to their previous success of claiming top spot in the national ‘F1 in Schools’ competition in May, becoming the first three person team to win the coveted title.
“Even though they didn’t follow up their national victory, they were more than happy with how the car performed. They did win the award for best use of social media which was sponsored by ID PR & Marketing. They were one of only 14 teams to step onto the stage and pick up an award. After the competition the guys stayed on and took in the Singapore Grand Prix,” said Art McCarrick, Development Officer for Motorsport Ireland of the Verus Racing team.
They consisted of Eoin Leonard, Gerard Hunt and Niall O’Donnell.