Fast Forward wins race
SLEEP is what St Mary's College's Fast Forward team did to celebrate after winning the open boys section of the 24-hour Human Powered Vehicle race at the weekend.
Co-manager Colin Kay said they were still over the moon after completing the most number of laps in RACQ Technology Challenge Maryborough's headline event.
But the team was almost out of the race before it even began after being t-boned on a warm-up lap causing damage to the vehicle which rolled over.
“They were originally third on the grid for the start but we had to take the bike out of the race,” Mr Kay said.
“They repaired the bike on the side of the track and they started the race from the back of the field.
“The race was going up the back straight when they left the pit lane.”
But they quickly recovered and never gave up the lead after claiming it within the first hour.
St Mary's teacher and HPV team co-ordinator Dennis Kettle said 90 students competed in the nine St Mary's teams and he was extremely impressed by their behaviour.
“There were teams in there that may not have won but they certainly did the school proud,” he said.
Mr Kettle said to reflect the changing focus of the race to student-designed, made and raced vehicles, the school would move its efforts into that area.
He said the St Mary's Biohazard team won the junior boys Design, Make, Race title on a bike that was steered from the back and had a system that stored energy in spear gun rubbers when the students pedalled backwards, say through corners, then released the energy for an extra boost as they came out of the corners.
Event co-ordinator Kim Griffith said the Technology Challenge was growing stronger each year and she hoped to expand the supporting technology expo next year.
“Every year we improve upon it and it grows,” she said.
Ms Griffith said the number of HPV entries would likely be capped close to 100 for safety.