In a year of turbulence and change for the competition one thing has stayed consistent, Britannia Red from Robert May’s School, Odiham have once again been crowned UK National Champions.
The team of six were joined on the podium by second placed finishers Electron from Saint Olave’s Grammar School and Eclipse from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School rounding out the podium to finish third.
These teams will be joined at the World Finals—hinted as being as early as March 2021 by competition Chairman and Founder Andrew Denford, though this seems practically unlikely—by Welsh Champions Nemesis Inferno from Pencoed Comprehensive School and first place Development Class finishers IQ from North London Collegiate. Nova Racing from Kimbolton School and Dynamic Racing from Monifieth High School placed second and third respectively.
This year’s final was very different to that of the 2019 UK National Finals hosted at the Airbus Factory in North Wales. Originally scheduled to take place at the beginning of April, the event was postponed and changed to a virtual final for which teams had to submit their marked components and cars earlier in the Summer.
This provided new challenges to all the teams as they had to move to online submission of documents, including pit displays and verbal presentations, and resulted in a change to racing regulations that meant each car only raced once. These races were very close in the Professional Class, with only 0.007 seconds between the first and fifth fastest cars, but was won out by Aquila Racing whose car completed the 20 metres in just 1.103. In the Development Class the fastest time was 1.239, achieved by IQ.
This is the second time Britannia Red placed first overall at the UK National Finals having also won in 2019. This is all part of the long running success of Robert May’s School who have sent five teams to the last six World Finals, including 2014 World Champions Colossus F1.
Britannia Red showed a strong performance across the board earning the awards for Best Engineered Car and Verbal Presentation award.
UK National Champions Professional Class: Britannia Red, Robert May’s School
2nd Place Professional Class: Electron, Saint Olave’s Grammar School
3rd Place Professional Class: Eclipse, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School
UK National Champions Development Class: IQ, North London Collegiate
2nd Place Development Class: Nova Racing, Kimbolton School
3rd Place Development Class: Dynamic Racing, Monifieth High School
Scotland Champions Professional Class: Genesis, Linlithgow Academy
Wales Champions Professional Class: Nemesis Inferno, Pencoed Comprehensive School
Fastest Car Professional Class: Aqulia Racing (1.103s), Aylsham High School
Fastest Car Development Class: IQ (1.239s), North London Collegiate
Best Engineered Car Professional Class: Britannia Red, Robert May’s School
Best Engineered Class Development Class: Nova Racing, Kimbolton School
Team Identity Professional Class: Electron, St Olave’s Grammar School
Team Identity Development Class: SuffraJETS, Whitley Bay High School
Sponsorship & Marketing Professional Class: Slidesports Entity, Hanson School
Sponsorship & Marketing Development Class: Emerus, Simon Langton Boy’s School
Research & Development Professional Class: Aquila Racing, Aylsham School
Research & Development Development Class: Peregrine Racing, Broughton High School
Portfolio Award Professional Class: Dynamic Racing, Monifieth High School
Portfolio Award Development Class: Genesis, Linlithgow Academy
Verbal Professional Class: Britannia Red, Robert May’s School
Verbal Development Class: IQ, North London Collegiate
Pit Display Professional Class: Eclipse, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School
Pit Display Development Class: Blackout, St John’s College Cardiff
Digital Media Professional Class: Nemesis Inferno, Pencoed Comprehensive School
Digital Media Development Class: CH Speed, Cheadle Hulme School
Judges Choice: Enhance Racing by McL&H, Linlithgow Academy