Twenty-four hours of battle

IT SOUNDS confusing.

A Maryborough school's human-powered vehicle team will be doing its best to make Maryborough proud in Maryborough this weekend – Maryborough Victoria, that is.

The St Mary's College Fast Forward team, which consists of eight boys from years 8 to 11, will contest the annual RACV Energy Breakthrough, a 24-hour race just like one they won in their home city two months ago.

This will be the second consecutive year St Mary's has raced into action in the event, with the class of 2009 making an impression 12 months ago.

It finished fifth in its division and seventh overall. It was the best performance by a Queensland team in the history of the event.

Teacher Denis Kettle said he was sure that this year's team, which comprises Tom Kay, Brad White, Mitchell Hickey, Zac Larazo, Owen Touzeau, Chris Postan, Paul Primavera and Tom Evans, will be in for a rough ride.

“The race is so much fiercer than our own Maryborough Technology Challenge I can tell you,” Kettle said.

“Just ask those who represented us last year,” he laughed.

“We have rules in place in the Maryborough Technology Challenge – there are none down there.

“There's no sticking to the left hand lane for a start.

“It's certainly on for one and all once the race starts. There are no holds barred.

“Some teams used the barriers to keep them on track last year and they certainly take no prisoners on the track.

“There is no lack of argy bargy. At times it can resemble a demolition derby.

“Saying that, it's a great event and the boys have trained hard for it.

“I'm sure they will do us proud.”

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