Challenge goes global
EVERY bump, lump and crash Aldridge High School's RACQ Tech Challenge team faces this weekend will be broadcast across the world using Google Maps and YouTube.
The team of 10, who have nicknamed themselves The A Team, will have a GPS tracker attached to their vehicle during the 24-hour race.
It is the first time the technology has been used in the challenge and will allow thousands of people to experience the race via the internet.
Representatives from Robert Wroe Security will install SIV GPS trackers that will relay pictures of the track, driver's expressions, vehicle locations, speed and shock levels of each vehicle as they tear around the corners.
The Aldridge team are less concerned about their audience and are instead concentrating on placing in the top three.
They have sacrificed many afternoons over the past eight months to train for the race, including fitness circuits, previous races and hill training.
"The boys have been responsible for all maintenance," team manager Deb Pacey said.
"The bike has been completely rewired and painted and they are proud of their bike."
For eight members of the team, it will be the fifth and final year they will take part in the HPV challenge. Several boys will be attempting hour-long stints during the 24-hour HPV race tomorrow to reduce he amount of time spent in the pit.
The RACQ Technology Challenge will open today from 10.30am at the Kings Oval as students and supporters pour in to Maryborough to register for the race.
The 24-hour HPV race will officially begin at noon tomorrow in Kent St.
Visit http://www.technologychallenge.com.au for a full program.