Danger! High voltage
THE Kilkivan State School Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) team hit high gear during the Technology Challenge Maryborough (TCM) on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12.
Following last year’s maiden running of the HPV, High Voltage took the challenge once again in the 24 hour race.
With eight team members riding and pedalling in shifts and two pit crew working around the clock for 24 long hours, High Voltage took second place in the team division, Junior Mixed.
Competing against a total of 99 teams from as far away as the Gold Coast and Gladstone, High Voltage raced to grab a very credible 19th place overall. Most other schools competing were high schools with Year 11 and 12 students. This makes the success of the 19th place finish even more satisfying four our tech-savvy students.
The High Voltage team – four boys, four girls and the two-girl pit crew, designed and built a new, more aerodynamic body for this year.
New electrics (speedometer, lights and horn) were fitted to meet race requirements. The team, representing one third of the high school, had the other, older competitors talking.
With all the excitement of endurance racing there were spills (High Voltage took three), breakdowns and pit stop dramas.
Completing an incredible 371 laps during the race for a total of 519 kilometres, the team believes the extra training this year definitely helped.
This, combined with sponsorship that allowed the purchase of new parts, spares, uniforms and safety gear, has paid dividends. The team thanks major sponsor, RSL Kilkivan Sub Branch.
Thanks also to other sponsors; Gold City Steering and Suspension, Widgee Rural Supplies, Kilkivan News and Takeaway, Kilkivan Bowls Club, Kmart, Jobs Dun By Jesse and Kilkivan Auto Centre.
High Voltage also thanks Ray Gunn at Kilkivan Meats for supplying the sausages, Cornetts Supa IGA Murgon for the sizzle venue, and those who bought sausages, or supported the stalls.
Kilkivan State School students are already talking about next year’s event and hope to start training when the 2011 school year resumes in February.