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Catalyst Racing was founded on the 6th of October 2021 in the Marist College, Athlone, and it has been in constant operation since then.

Its members, Owen McNamara (Team Manager), Dónal Mc Dermott (Lead Executive Engineer),

David O'Shea (Finance and Sponsorship Manager), Eoin Kane (Graphic Designer), Adam Kenny (Manufacturing Engineer), and Conor Rowe (Design Engineer) are dedicated, hard-working students motivated to reach the standards of excellence expected of Formula One in the Marist College. After an extremely successful day at the Irish National Finals where the team's car broke an eight-year old recordfor fastest car time, Catalyst Racing will be representing Ireland at the 2023 World Finals, with the venue yet to be released.

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Owen McNamara

Team Manager

Owen makes sure everything running smoothly on the team, He is the top man overseeing everything.

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Eoin Kane

Graphic Designer

Eoin takes care of all the visuals on the team. This is everything from our beautiful logo to the team uniforms to the cars livery.

Meet The team

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Donal McDermott

Design Engineer

Donal spends his time designing, testing, and designing again. Its down to him to design the fastest car possible.

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Adam Kenny

Manufacturing Engineer

Adam's job includes everything from CNC'ing a block of foam into a car body, to 3D printing wings, to painting and finishing the car. 

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David O' Shea

Finance Manager

David is in charge of everything business. This means he takes care of the teams finances, and aquires capital in various ways.

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Conor Rowe

Scrutineer

Conor makes sure the car is legal. He knows the regulations better than the back of his hand, and rigourously scrutinises every design.

F1 in Schools is the largest and most successful international, school-based STEM competition. Annually, winners of the national final in each participating country go on to the world finals, which are held in a host country, and live streamed globally at the Grand Prix.

The competition requires students to form and properly finance an F1 team to design and manufacture a miniature CO2-powered F1 car. Similarly to real F1, teams must put together a pit booth, make a verbal presentation, compile engineering and enterprise portfolios and answer judges' questions on anything from the aero-dynamics of the car to the colour palette they chose for branding. They then finally race against other teams. Each of these steps offer fantastic exposure and association opportunities for sponsors. 

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What Is F1 In Schools?

Get Involved

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Donations

Every donation is essential to our team. It helps us improve our marketing, buy essential components for our car and conduct more thorough research.

You can support us through our 

GoFundMe page.

Sponsorship and Partnership

Catalyst Racing needs sponsors and partners to achieve our goals. We offer a range of benefits and all our sponsors help bring us a step closer to our goal of winning the F1 in Schools World Finals 2023.

Contact David O'Shea (Finance and Sponsorship Manager) below to read our Sponsorship Proposal which goes into intricate detail on what sponsoring our team would mean for you.

E-mail: david@catalystracing.ie

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Our Sponsors

Catalyst Racing is supported by numerous Irish businesses.

Local, National and International.

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Manna is the world’s first aviation-grade B2B drone delivery ‘as-a-service’ company. Manna’s mission is to improve the world by making lightning-fast suburban deliveries affordable, green and safe.

Manna Aero

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ABEC357 is a supplier of full ceramic, hybrid ceramic bearings and Ceramic balls. Suited Industrial, Fishing Reels, F1 in Schools.

Abec357

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Manna’s mission is to improve the world by making lightning-fast suburban deliveries affordable, green and safe.

Manna Aero

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Dunnes Stores is an Irish multinational retail chain that primarily sells food, clothes and household wares.

Dunnes Stores

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ZAC source materials and manufacture adhesive gaskets and diecuts for bonding, shielding, insulation, protection and skin attachment, custom made to order

Zenith Adhesive Components

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A Room In Bloom is a local florist. A Room in Bloom was set up to offer people exquisite, contemporary and emotive  floristry for those special moments in life.

A Room In Bloom

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Athlone Dental is a family dental practice offering a comprehensive range of dental services from general oral health and hygiene to advanced cosmetic procedures and implants

Athlone Dental

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Quinn Transport specializes in a range of transport services. They cover nationwide deliveries daily and they also deliver in the UK.

Quinn Transport

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Quigleys Marina is a marina in Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath they provide fuel pumps and docking services for yachts and small boats.

Quigleys Marina

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Viking tours is a replica viking ship providing cruises on the River Shannon from Athlone to Lough Ree and Clonmacnois in Westmeath Ireland

Viking Tours

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Midland Stone is a leading supplier of natural stone products with a long established and trusted reputation within the stone industry.

Midland Stone

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Supermac’s is Ireland’s largest and fastest-growing indigenous fast food restaurant group. Supermac's has over 100 family restaurants across Ireland.

Supermac's

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Donohoe Engineering is one of the popular Engineering Services located in Site 28, Blyry Industrial Estate.

Donohoe Engineering

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