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Engadine High's successful F1 in Schools Challenge team is heading to Austin, Texas.

After receiving a 'wild card' invitation from the F1-in-schools-challenge competition organisers, Engadine High's successful FAST PAYCE RACING team is contesting the world titles in October.

After winning their regional and state titles in the Junior Professional Class and qualifying for the national titles, earlier this year in March. The Fast PAYCE team were runners up in the open national titles, where they collected three trophies, including the coveted award for fastest car of all competing teams.

Comprising Year 10 students the Fast PAYCE team are Blake Williams (team manager), Lukas Foyle (graphic designer), James Mitreski (design engineer) and Sean Sultana (manufacturing engineering).

"It has been a major investment for the school to buy the necessary specialised equipment and to modify rooms since deciding to become involved in the F1 in Schools Challenge at its inception, but it has all been worthwhile with a heightened interest in maths, engineering, science, technology and innovation," said Engadine High's former Principal, Joanne Jarvis.

Teacher and mentor, Ray Treloar and several parents will accompany the team on the USA trip to provide support and cheer them on during the four days of competition.

International rules bring a fresh look to Fast PAYCE Racing – Mr Brian Boyd.

PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the team's progress through the various stages of the competition had been exciting to follow and their inclusion in the world titles came as no surprise after their earlier successes.

"PAYCE is very pleased to play a part in their exciting journey and we are thrilled and impressed that all that hard work and dedication has paid off and secured them a place in the world titles," he said.

"The multi-talented team is a credit to their school and their families and it is great to see all those hours that they have put in, both during and after school and on weekends, have helped them achieve their goal of representing Australia."

As part of the international rules, the team had to develop an overall fresh look and come up with new graphic designs and presentation material. They have also had to fit in time to raise funds to help finance the trip and their fundraising efforts will continue right up until they leave.

"We have been very fortunate to have PAYCE as our primary sponsor throughout the competition and their support continues to be highly appreciated and invaluable in so many ways." Mr Treloar said.

No Resting on laurels for Fast PAYCE Racing.

Mr Treloar said the team members had not rested on their laurels and have been busy modifying and testing their car for more efficiency and speed since being notified of their wild card entry they as they prepare to take on the world.

"We expect the competition to be tough and we won't know how we measure up to the rest of the international teams until race day, but the latest tests indicate we are in the ball park of world record times in car speed," he said.

History of Victories - Fast PAYCE Racing team impresses the judges.

"We have seen some remarkable results from our students. This is our third team to go through to the world titles in just five years", remarked Ms Jarvis.

"The school's Year 10 team impressed the judges at the national titles with exceptional performances against the older Year 12 team who were the overall champions by a small margin.

"We will be hoping for third time lucky and a podium result for our Fast PAYCE team this year", said Ms Jarvis. Engadine High teams finished fourth and fifth respectively in Abu Dhabi in 2012 and Austin in 2013.

The Relieving Principal, Ms Kerrie Jones said: "We are all very proud of our team's achievements in this year's competition and the invitation to compete against the world's best in Texas is well deserved."

F1 in Schools Technology Challenge Background.

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is an international competition open to high school students in countries around the world. Teams design and build a small scale F1 racing car from a block of balsa wood, using a sophisticated Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router designed especially for the competition. The teams also use a 3D printer to produce parts such as spoilers and winglets to fine-tune their designs.

The CO2 gas cylinder powered cars can reach speeds up to 80 kilometres an hour and are timed to one-thousand of a second as they travel in pairs down a 20 metre two-lane track.

World class Grand Prix racing in Austin Texas.

The F1 in Schools Challenge world titles are timed to coincide with a round of the Formula One championship and this year the titles precede the United States Grand Prix held at the Circuit of Americas track near Austin, Texas.

All teams will spend time at the track during the GP practice sessions and visit the team garages along pit lane. At the conclusion of the competition, the winning team will be awarded the Bernie Ecclestone Trophy, to be presented by the Formula One CEO himself.

During their stay in Austin, teams will also be special guests at the historic Texas State Capitol building, built in 1888, home of the Texas Legislature and the Governor's Office.


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