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Abu Dhabi debutants put on a fantastic show.

Abu Dhabi: The Al Shohub School for Girls in Abu Dhabi's Popcom team was on cloud nine after they won a place in the F1 in Schools World Finals in Austin, Texas, later this year.

Speaking to XPRESS, Hanlie Botha, team manager said: "The girls are absolutely delighted. This is the first time they were participating in this event and they did not expect this," C she said.

The Al Shohub School of Girls team will be travelling along with the other winners - Adroit Infinitum from The Indian High School in Dubai and Strike Automobiles from The School of Research Science in Dubai.

"We are thankful for the support provided by the organisers in exposing these young minds to such big opportunities.

"Now the team will work harder and will be keen put up another good show," Botha added.

Ruba Al Attas, the 16-year-old Finance Manager for Team Popcom reiterated the value of participating in F1 in Schools. "It's a great experience. It's a learning experience," she said.

More than 200 students participated in the fifth annual F1 in Schools UAE National Finals presented by Mubadala at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Abdulla Al Shammari, F1 in Schools Manager at Yas Marina Circuit said the competition highlighted both the level of talent of UAE students as well as its growing Formula One fan base. "Every student here today at the F1 in Schools National Final is a champion.

"If the dedication, passion of the students, and the quality of the work on display here today is any indication, the future of F1 and motorsport in the UAE is very bright."

The two-day competition saw teams participate in a series of competitions that included team presentations, a team pit stop display, and head-to-head racing.

At the end of the day, Adroit Infinitum was named the UAE Professional Category Champions 2013.

In addition to the overall champions title, the team won Best Engineered Car, but it was another team from The Indian High School, Velox, who earned the Fastest Car Award.

Adroit Infinitum's Team Manager Malvikha Manog said: "This is supposed to be our last year to participate as students since we are going to grade 12, a very important educational year for us. We are so happy that we did it and we won! The feeling is great for all of us."

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Date:May 16, 2013
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