On Friday, 14th March, Renaissance Racing travelled to Griffith College, Dublin to partake in the “F1 in Schools Technology Challenge” Regional Finals. The First Year team of David Lalor, Tadhg Downey, Matt Cullen and Jordan Hennessy who hail from Presentation College, Carlow, were travelling to the competition in the hope that they would qualify for the National Finals, to be held in Dublin Castle on May 2nd and join the school's two senior teams, Autolaunch Racing and Ignite Racing.
The team left for Dublin at 6:30am in order to be at Griffith College in time to set up their pit display before the racing and judging began. The day began for Renaissance Racing with their verbal presentation, which went perfect for them. This was soon followed by the judging of their pit display, before the all important races began. The team won their race 4-0 with a fastest time of 1.121 seconds over the 20m track. Throughout the day they represented themselves and their school professionally and gave 100% to everything they did.
This hard work was very well represented in the awards, where they were highly successful, picking up the “Best Verbal Presentation” award and the “Best Engineered Car” award, making them the most successful team on the day, sweeping two of the four awards going for junior teams. Renaissance Racing also claimed a place in the National Finals, where they will battle it out with the best teams from around the country, for the coveted National Title 2014. They will now progress as the only junior team from Presentation College, along with the school’s two senior teams. Lots of hard work is needed from them if they are to be successful at the National Finals, but if anyone is able for such dedication, it is most definitely Renaissance Racing! Hopefully they will qualify for the World Finals, to be held in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi later this year, on their first attempt!