School’s uphill run to car race success
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
MUDSLINGERS: Jordan Parr, Brittany Parr, Darcy Lawson, Chloe McGovern, Semisi Maile, Sophie Whelan and Sophie Zipf.