V8 SUPERCARS WORKSHOP A BIG HIT WITH F1 IN SCHOOLS STUDENTS
Ten students from Engadine High's FI in Schools Challenge teams were treated to a great experience by corporate supporter PAYCE
PAYCE, who arranged a private workshop with one of the leading V8 Supercars teams, Wilson Security Racing GRM, last Friday (6 February) at Eastern Creek's Sydney Motorsport Park.
The Melbourne-based V8 Supercars team, who builds and races two Volvos, were in Sydney for the weekend for pre-season testing at the track.
PAYCE – supporting V8Supercars & the communities of Sydney
A leading Australian property company, PAYCE is a strong supporter of many Shire community and charity groups. PAYCE also supports Australian motorsport and is a corporate sponsor in 2015 of both the Engadine High's F1 teams and the V8 Supercars race team.
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said he was grateful to GRM owner, Garry Rogers and his team for taking time out of a very busy schedule to explain their operation and show the students around the cars.
"From all accounts both the students and the race team thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the students were able to pick up some valuable pointers for their 2015 Challenge," he said.
During the visit, Ray Robbins from GRM explained the pit garage set up and the various pieces of equipment used in the course of a meeting. GRM Engineer, Jacob Raynor led an inspection of the race cars and described the features that determine the performance of the cars.
A highlight of the visit for the students was meeting and having their photo taken with the two V8 Supercars drivers, Scott McLaughlin and David Wall.
Engadine High set to make the F1 grade
Engadine High School's teacher, Ben Leffley said his students were 'over the moon' at the prospect of getting so close to a highly competitive and professional racing team.
Engadine High School is one of the best performing Australian schools in the competition, winning the National titles in 2012 and 2013 and then going on to compete in the World Titles in Abu Dhabi and Texas, where they placed fourth and fifth respectively.
PAYCE's General Manager, Dominic Sullivan said his company was keen to follow the progress of the school's F1 teams as they designed and tested their cars in the lead-up to the first round of the Challenge later in the year.
"The school already has a well-earned reputation for success in past Challenges and we are pleased to encourage and lend support to such a talented and determined group of young students competing this year," he said.
About F1 in Schools Challenge
The F1 in Schools Challenge is an international competition open to high school students (boys and girls) around the world. Over 30 countries currently compete in a range of classes based on age groups. Teams of three to five students from Years 7-12 use real world CAD/CAM technologies to design, test, build and race miniature gas-powered Formula 1 cars.
Winners of regional finals go on to the State finals then, if successful, progress to the National Titles with a chance to represent their country at the World Titles.
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