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Formula One In Schools

by Sean Deane

Early in September a group of Transition year students came together under the watchful eye of Mr. Michael Tully to put forward two Formula 1 teams.  The Formula 1 in Schools Competition has been running in the school for the past few years and has proved to be a massive success.  The teams involved had to design market and race their own miniature Formual1 car in a bid to represent Ireland on the international stage.
The two teams “Adrenaline” captained by Daire Curley and “Team Vitesse” captained by Daniel Walsh both reached the Regional Finals which were held in University Limerick on the 10th March.  The standard was very hight on the day and all teams were hoping to qualify for the National Finals.  The two Garbally teams put in a great performance on the race track and with their Verbal Presentation.  Team Vitesse qualified for the National Finals in Dublin and also picked up an award for ‘Sponsorship and Marketing’ while Adrenaline were very unlucky not to qualify on the day.
Team Vitesse then worked very hard on getting their car and portfolio ready for the National Finals and Daniel Walsh had this to say about his managing techniques “I try to get everybody on the team motivated everyday, I see enforcement as a tool but not a power tool!”
On 7th April the team set off early in the morning for the National Finals which were being held in Griffith College Dublin.  The standard was again very high on the day and again the team put in a fine performance but unfortunately failed to pick up an award on the day.
Team Vitesse and Adrenaline would like to thank Mr Michael Tully for all his hard work throughout the year.


Team Adrenaline
L to R:  D. Shaughnessy, R. Kelly, D. Curley, A. Mannion and K. Greene


Team Vitesse
L to R:  P. McHugh, E. Moran, D. Walsh, J. Walshe, S. Deane and M. McMorrow


The judges observe


Anxious Wait


The standard was really high this year.