Team members Mitchell Hickey (from left), Tom Kay, Tom Evans, Nick Truscott, Atticus Hosking, Zach Lazaro and their teacher Denis Kettle.
Team members Mitchell Hickey (from left), Tom Kay, Tom Evans, Nick Truscott, Atticus Hosking, Zach Lazaro and their teacher Denis Kettle. Valerie Horton

St Marys race HPV vehicle

A TEAM of St Mary’s College students has powered its way into producing Queensland’s best ever result in a Victorian human powered vehicle race.

The nine-man team finished fifth in its division and seventh overall, the best performance from a Queensland team, in the history of the annual RACV Energy Breakthrough, a 24-hour race in Maryborough Victoria.

Not a bad effort when you consider the line-up of Joe Kettle, Jason Lund, Tom Kay, Brad White, Nick Truscott, Mitchell Hickey, Atticus Hosking, Zach Lazaro and Tom Evans found the conditions so very different to the one they contested in their own Maryborough a couple of months ago.

However, the rain and the wind was the least of their concerns while they sat in their vehicle called Fast Forward even though it’s an open topped one.

Teacher Denis Kettle, who accompanied the team, will vouch for that.

“The race is a lot more fierce than our Maryborough Technology Challenge I can tell you,” Kettle, who flew down to Victoria on the morning of the race with the two Year 12 students in the team – they had their graduation dinner the night before, said.

“There are no rules as such like the ones we have here – there was no sticking to the left hand lane.

“That meant there was so much argy bargy and so many crashes.

“It was like a demolition derby at times,” he laughed.

The St Mary’s line-up, which was a combined one from the teams that finished second and third in the race here, got the chance to the chance to have a crack at contesting the Victorian race after Nanango SHS, the winners of the Maryborough race, couldn’t make the trip south.

Kettle said the decision to go had certainly been worth it.

“It was a great experience for the team and I am extremely proud of their performance,” he said.

But it wasn’t only the team that Kettle had plenty of praise for.

“It was a huge undertaking to get the team there and it would not have happened without the efforts of Colin and Mary Kay,” he said.

“These dedicated parents chased up sponsorship, planned the trip and did most of the organising as well as taking the time off work to attend – they were the ones who towed the HPV vehicle to Victoria.

“Another parent, Dave White, also made the trip to help.

“We wouldn’t have gone without their help.”



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