A WOKING student is hoping to secure pole position in a Formula 1 trophy design competition.
Racing fanatic Chris Bryan is in the running to have a trophy he created handed out to the winning drivers of the British and German Grand Prix.
Entries will be decided by a public vote – with the top 10 most popular entries going through to be judged by Santander, who will choose the winning design.
Chris, who is in his second year of a BA (Hons) Industrial Design degree down at Bournemouth University, has so far received more than 12,950 votes for his design – which features the Santander flame logo coming out of the back of the trophy.
“I wanted to make the trophy tall, so that it was something to hold and be a bit of a striking statement,” he said. “I had the idea to have flames rising out of the back of the trophy, so it was a bit more noticeable. From the side, it looks like a phoenix.
“The support that I’ve had from friends and family has been amazing – my parents have been getting their work colleagues to vote and I’ve even had complete strangers commenting on my design and sharing it with their friends. “The competition has hundreds of entries from around the world, so getting into the top 10 would be amazing. It has shot up so quickly, I really want to win now.”
Prizes for the student who creates the winning design also include a replica of their trophy and a trip for two to the British Grand Prix, including grandstand tickets. Being from the home of McLaren, Chris, 20, is a self-confessed Formula 1 fanatic.
He said: “For the past seven years I have just been obsessed. “Being Woking born and bred it was only natural I support McLaren – I have supported them for years now and watched as the McLaren Technology Centre was built and they became big employers in the area. When the races are televised my life comes to a complete standstill as I watch every detail.”
The public vote section of the contest is now closed, leaving Chris dreaming of seeing his prize held aloft. He added: “It would be amazing for someone to hold up my trophy and then for me to get a replica. I’m a massive Formula 1 fan and I have always enjoyed design, ever since I was a little boy playing with my toys.
“These two things coming together would mean so much and make me so happy – especially in terms of making me stand out in my career.”