HPV stu­dents seal the deal

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY LOTTE REITER

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.

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