F1 final to be held in USA for the first time

The final of F1 in Schools, founded by Brighouse businessman Andrew Denford, will be held in the USA for the first time.

Mr Denford, the chief execuitive of Denfords Ltd in Armytage Road, Brighouse, said the competition will be staged in Austin, Texas, alongside the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Pix at the Circuit of The Americas in November.

“From the moment I arrived in Austin I was welcomed with open arms,” said Mr Denford. “The city, the circuit and the local government were right behind us with their support for bringing F1 in Schools to the state of Texas.”

The competition will be held over three days with students given the opportunity to experience watching the grand prix trackside.

Mr Denford said: “There is immense pressure for the students participating in one of the most prestigious global student competitions and they work extremely hard before they reach the event and during the course of the three days of competition, so it is great for them to be able to reap the benefits of their hard work with a visit to the United States Grand Prix.”

As part of the F1 in Schools, a global educational initiative, students are given a brief to design a model compressed air powered F1 car of the future. Each team of between three and six children brings together their portfolio of work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car.

The cars, designed by the teams, race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.