England’s Team Pulse crowned champions

Team Pulse from Devonport High School for Boys, Plymouth, have been crowned 2008 F1 in Schools World Champions at World Finals in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

John Ware, 16, Samuel Wood, 15, Andrew Lees, 16 and Thomas Simpson, 17 fought off competition from 24 teams from 15 countries to claim the coveted Bernie Ecclestone World Championship Trophy and BEng Automotive and Motor Sport Engineering scholarships at City University London.

After 12 months of intense competition from over 7 million students, Team Pulse battled their way through regional and national finals to reach the World Championships. Here in Kuala Lumpur, the five lads from Plymouth fought of opposition from students of 28 nationalities in three days of intense competition.

Team Pulse’s miniature F1 car recorded the fastest time of the World Championships, scored well with an impressive portfolio and clinical presentation and won the knock out challenge on Thursday morning to clinch the highest points total and scoop the coveted title of “2008 World Champions".

As World Champions, Team Pulse will attend the Petronas Formula One™ Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit and have access to the prestigious Formula 1 paddock where they can rub shoulders with Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso as well as having a tour of the pits and garages.

To give you some background information, The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is for school children aged 11 to 18 to use CAD/CAM software to design, analyze, manufacture, test and race their miniature F1 car made from balsa wood and powered by CO2 cylinders.

The 2008 World Championships took place at the 5* Sunway Lagoon Resort and Spa Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18th to 20th March 2008, during the build up to the Petronas Formula One™ Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit. Over three days of enthralling competition, 25 teams pit their small scale miniature F1 cars against each other along a 20-metre two lane track at a scale speed of over 220mph.

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