RACQ Technology race heads to city
MARYBOROUGH'S city heart will be packed with thousands of techno-junkies this weekend as the annual RACQ Technology Challenge rolls into town.
The two-day event involves teams from across the state competing in a wide range of hands-on competitions, including the 24-hour human-powered-vehicle championship.
More than 1200 students and teachers will visit the Heritage City during the weekend.
Maryborough State High School oval and Central School Oval are expected to be converted into a tent city for the duration.
RACQ Technology Challenge human-powered-vehicle (HPV) race director Ross Humphries said students from as far away as Townsville would take part in the challenge.
They will bring along with them hundreds of spectators and visitors to the region.
"We are expecting about 120 teams to compete this weekend," he said.
"At the moment the teams to beat are last year's top three; St Mary's, Nanango and Aldridge."
Fraser Coast Regional Council event co-ordinator Kim Griffith said the challenge had long captured the imagination of students from throughout the state.
"The HPV championship tends to steal the show, as it's the biggest race for the student teams," Ms Griffith said.
"Everyone also seems to get really involved in all of the competitions like the CO2 dragsters and solar cars as well, as it is a technology challenge.
"This year we will also have a NASA astronaut launching the race as well, so it's going to be a big event."
Construction of the racecourse is expected to begin this afternoon, with road closures planned for Kent St from 9.30am and closures of John St, Sussex St and Ferry St expected to come into affect from 5pm today.
Visit technologychallenge.com.au for more information or to download a copy of the race program.