HPV students seal the deal
Horsham West and Haven Primary School students sealed their 2019 Australian Human-powered Vehicle, HPV, Super Series season with success at the weekend.
Two teams, Wimmera Visper and Wimmera Diamonds, competed in the series’ final round of racing at the weekend – a 24-hour-long campaign around a 1.7-kilometre circuit at Murray Bridge.
The event has a reputation as the largest HPV race in the world, where about 200 teams and 3000 competitors gather to race their velomobiles, or ‘pedal cars’, on a closed track.
And while the Horsham West and Haven Primary School students only started competing in the event last year, they have been quick to prove their pedalling prowess – team Wimmera Visper securing a national championship and Wimmera Diamonds winning 12th place in an S1 category at the weekend.
Principal Andrew Parry said the school community was very proud of its students’ achievements.
“The students bonded together to show true grit on the weekend,” he said.
“We were talking to the team who came second, they’ve been racing for 28 years and won once.
“So, for some of our students to have been racing for only two years and already win a national title is amazing.
“There are six races in the series, and we have had four firsts and one second.
“They know how hard they have to work to achieve great results and I am sure they will apply this to their learning in the classroom.”
Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran College students also reaped success at the event.
The college’s Team Tempest and Avalanche finished third in their category, Team Hurricane finished second, Team Thunder fourth, and Team Firestorm 18th.