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A Human Powered Vehicle Race in our own backyard!

14/05/2017
Back in October last year the seed was planted that maybe our school could host a major HPV trike race event here in our backyard. One so unique and exciting that it would attract the likes of the big named schools in racing from The Gold Coast, all the way through to Rockhampton and out as far as Charleville.  Could we get the top dogs in HPV, could we make this happen?
 
Yes we did! 24 April 2017 saw the running on the inaugural “Semi School Bundaberg HPV Super Sprint” the first Twilight HPV race in Australia.  Hot competition over a 6 hour period starting at 2pm and finishing at 8pm that evening.  The track was a short tight layout with multiple corners on a slight gradient with a tricky pit lane exit. The track used was the Dromeside Raceway Karting track near the University.
 
As it turned out this was exciting enough to attract major schools and teams to travel to our region and compete. 12 schools from all over Queensland travelled to form a race field of 28 teams, consisting of 240 very keen Queensland high school students. The best and fastest teams were here, to start the 2017 racing season off in style.
 
Bundaberg SHS had the opportunity to enter 5 race teams in multiple categories, which included some of our new, Year 7 students to many of our now, Year 12 racing veterans of the sport. 40 of our students got the chance to race at home and to show just how good Bundaberg SHS is among the HPV racing community.
 
Many of our dedicated staff and students started on the Friday afternoon preparing the race track and facilities to convert it from Kart racing to an exciting and unique HPV track. Travelling teams would be camping on site as well. By Sunday early evening the track was ready, and under lights it looked amazing.
 
An event of this scale could only be achieved by the tremendous help and assistance from great local businesses to donate either their time, money or equipment and luckily we had this support. Semi School Driver Training became our naming sponsor for the event, Signmax provided ALL of the race stickers and sponsored a race category, Repco, Jaycar and CQU helped and sponsored different race categories as well. Handy Hire provided all of the lighting towers we required to run the race into the evening and Sea Doo & Cam Am provided one of their new Defender models off road vehicles as our pace car.
 
The organising of this event meant that many aspects of our school had to get involved, not just with the preparation of our race bikes but also with various elements of the race, for example, catering which was organised by our Hospitality staff and students who prepared healthy snacks for the riders to purchase on the day and some of their students were on site to sell the food and look after our guests.
 
Dyirun Johnson and Chelsey Bainsavu did our school proud with the Welcome to Country and Singing the National Anthem, prior to the teams taking their grid positions.
 
Our Cert II in Recreation students provided safety assistance and race marshalling through the warm-up and practice stages but then many of these students stayed for the duration of the race to continue their assistance. Students from Cert I and Cert II in Manufacturing in the lead up weeks were involved in either making new or repairing older equipment to be used at the event. Some of our international students were involved as well with three of these great students becoming new racing team members.
 
The staff from these facilities and others around the school were a great help in either setting up, providing a service or helping run the teams and supervise our students. Our administration staff provided endless support and assistance in the lead up and running of this event as well.

The vibe had been set, the music was playing, the competitors started to come thick and fast. 28 different race teams from all around Queensland here to prove their skills and try to take the title of Outright Winner for the first time.