Three Brunel students took the top prizes at the Red Bull Paper Wings competition held at Brunel on Monday 2 March.

 

DSC02154Hazem Radi, an engineering student (20) won the Longest Airtime competition with a time of 3.82 seconds, while Rajeev Morar (23) who studies Accounting was the winner of the Aerobatics with a score of seven.

 

Gabriele Morocutti (25), who studies Motorsport Engineering, rounded off the winners list after winning the Longest Distance event, launching his paper plane a distance of 31.75m.

 

After all the UK qualifiers are complete, Red Bull will select the pilot who has the best score in each category to fly off to HANGAR-7 in Salzburg, Austria on the 8th May to represent the UK.

 

HAZEEM RADI, ENGINEERING (FOUNDATION) 20 WINNER OF LONGEST AIRTIME (3.82 SECONDS)   “It feels great to win this, I didn’t really think I could win but I thought that I would try my best and came out right.   “Me and my friend said ‘lets just turn up and do it a few times’ and that’s what we did.   “We were just having some lunch and I got a text and it said that I had won and I was shocked!   “I’m going to try my best to get to Austria. We will see how the other competitors do and if I don’t get in then I’m unlucky and if I do then that’s great.   “The crucial part for winning this is the design of the plane, so I’m going to try and find out which design is best.”
HAZEEM RADI, ENGINEERING, 20
WINNER OF LONGEST AIRTIME (3.82 SECONDS)“It feels great to win this, I didn’t really think I could win but I thought that I would try my best and came out right.

“Me and my friend said ‘lets just turn up and do it a few times’ and that’s what we did.

“We were just having some lunch and I got a text and it said that I had won and I was shocked!

“I’m going to try my best to get to Austria. We will see how the other competitors do and if I don’t get in then I’m unlucky and if I do then that’s great.

“The crucial part for winning this is the design of the plane, so I’m going to try and find out which design is best.”

 

RAJEEV MORAR, ACCOUNTING, 23 WINNER OF AEROBATICS (SCORE: 7)   “It feels really good to win this. I didn’t expect to be going home with the trophy at all. It’s not the sort of competition you normally win so I’m really glad that I won it.   “We’ll see about making it all the way to Austria. Hopefully I can improve my skills a lot more and that will put me in good stead.”
RAJEEV MORAR, ACCOUNTING, 23
WINNER OF AEROBATICS (SCORE: 7)“It feels really good to win this. I didn’t expect to be going home with the trophy at all. It’s not the sort of competition you normally win so I’m really glad that I won it.

“We’ll see about making it all the way to Austria. Hopefully I can improve my skills a lot more and that will put me in good stead.”

 

WINNER OF LONGEST DISTANCE (31.75M)   “I’m pleased to win, it was a bit stressful because my first throw was at the beginning of the day so I saw I was leading and stayed here for three hours hoping that other people wouldn’t match or better my score.   “I think there were quite a lot of people competing in the Longest Distance category so that makes winning it even better for me.   “I don’t know about making it to Austria. I’m just an amateur and there’s probably people there that have actually done it for a long time.”
GABRIELE MOROCUTTI, MOTORSPORT ENGINEERING, 25, WINNER OF LONGEST DISTANCE (31.75M)“I’m pleased to win, it was a bit stressful because my first throw was at the beginning of the day so I saw I was leading and stayed here for three hours hoping that other people wouldn’t match or better my score.

“I think there were quite a lot of people competing in the Longest Distance category so that makes winning it even better for me.

“I don’t know about making it to Austria. I’m just an amateur and there’s probably people there that have actually done it for a long time.”

 

The last Red Bull Paper Wings competition was held in 2012, with qualifiers being held in 83 different countries involving 37k student pilots, while a Guinness World Record of 69.9m for the longest distance flown by a paper plane was set.

All three Brunelians will be keeping their fingers crossed that Red Bull will be calling them on April 1st to select them as their UK champions.

Ryan O'Donovan