Castle’s racing engineers win F1 challenge

January 28 2019
Castle’s racing engineers win F1 challenge

A TEAM of engineering students from Castle School have put their knowledge into practice to create a championship-winning car.

The Year 12 students signed up for the F1 in Schools Challenge to build, test and race miniature Formula 1-style air-powered cars against teams from other schools.

The challenge not only requires them to learn about the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – but also do their own marketing and find sponsors to fund travel and accommodation at competitions and events.

The Castle team, known as Blue Rockets Racing, rose to the challenge and won the South West regional championships, earning themselves a place in next month’s national finals.

Blue Rockets

The team's racing cars


Team manager Joshua Ocone said: “I can officially confirm that Blue Rockets Racing competed in the F1 in Schools challenge and became the South West Regional Champions 2019! We were first out of all the teams competing and additionally won the sponsorship and marketing award for the second year in a row.

Everyone in the team is ecstatic right now; however I would just like to say thank you to every one of our sponsors and supporting staff – your support is invaluable to us.”

The other team members are Ben Payne, Alistair White-Horne and Dan Church. They were supported by former Castle teacher Claire Lyes (Nobes).


Posting on Twitter after their victory, they paid tribute to their “fantastic school, which helped us achieve everything”.

The national finals in March give the Blue Rockets the chance to compete for a place representing Great Britain in this year’s World Finals.

You can follow the team on Twitter @BlueRockets_F1.