School’s up­hill run to car race suc­cess

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

RAC­ING: Sev­eral Mun­dub­bera State School stu­dents this week com­peted in the an­nual car rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion held for the first time in Bund­aberg.

The stu­dents placed third in the com­pe­ti­tion for the open mixed cat­e­gory.

Stu­dent So­phie Zipf said it was a chal­leng­ing race.

“The track wasn’t an easy one as it had a hill with an in­cline and we had to ride up it,” So­phie said.

“Our team did re­ally well. We man­aged to place third out of all the other teams on the day.

“Over­all, the day was good and we had a lot of en­joy­ment com­pet­ing against all the other schools.”

The com­pe­ti­tion at the Drome­side Race­way in­volved more than 18 other schools from as far west as Charleville, Ip­swich, Ayr, Mary­bor­ough, Her­vey Bay and Bund­aberg, and fur­ther south from the Gold Coast.

The race car as­sem­bled from scratch by stu­dent Chloe McGovern and her fa­ther Rick took about three months to re­build.

Team co-or­di­na­tor Rick McGovern said it was a pro­ject that in­volved strip­ping the ve­hi­cle and start­ing again.

“It’s very easy to dam­age and with the last race some of the stu­dents crashed it, so things had to be re­paired,” McGovern said.

“We had to re­build the frame, the wheels were out of whack and were twisted ’cause it got rolled the last race.

“It’s manda­tory that you have side crash bars, front im­pact and roll bars on the car.

“When driv­ers hop in the ve­hi­cle the pro­tec­tion on the out­side re­mains locked so if they roll it, driv­ers on the inside can still es­cape un­harmed.

“The kids with this de­sign can reach speeds up to 45kmh.”

Leg power is the main skill used in the race.

“It does take a bit of ex­er­cise. We try and build leg power, and that’s what we’ve been doing for the last three months,” McGovern said.

“The stu­dents have been doing ex­er­cises which help build up leg mus­cles.”

The ve­hi­cle is worth $2500 and to re­build it costs $1200.

The next com­pe­ti­tion will be in Mary­bor­ough later in the year.

❝ Our team did re­ally well. We man­aged to place third out of all the other teams on the day. — So­phie Zipf

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

MUDSLINGERS: Jor­dan Parr, Brit­tany Parr, Darcy Law­son, Chloe McGovern, Semisi Maile, So­phie Whe­lan and So­phie Zipf.

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