Students power into vehicle race

Carinity Education Glendyne students have participated in their first Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) race in Yeppoon.

HPV events see school groups work to design, build, test and race vehicles within detailed specifications.

While Glendyne’s HPV team, Team Velocity, didn’t win the race, they are to be commended on their effort during the event.

“Driving an HPV vehicle requires the use of muscles in very different ways than almost any other sport.  They must also learn the pace and cadence required to keep the vehicle consistently lapping in good times,” team supervisor Jim MacKellar says.

“The drivers also started to come to grips with the capabilities of the vehicle as the day wore on. This culminated if the highlight of the day when Kyle followed the race leader into the bottom hairpin corner, slipped through on a much tighter line and exited over a vehicle length in front, all in the space of a mere 10 metres.

“Several of the other drivers also started to display the superior handling characteristics of the vehicle to very good effect as the race wore on.  As they start to develop the consistency and track craft of the more experienced drivers these characteristics will serve them in great stead.

“I believe that we have several drivers who have the abilities to become very proficient at this sport. With further vehicle modifications and upgrades, Glendyne hopes the team will one day be in the winners’ circle.”

Team Velocity aims to compete in HPV races in Emerald and Benaraby in August, before taking on the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge 24-hour race in Maryborough in September.