Students put pedals to the metal

Students put pedals to the metal

Mount Gambier hosted the first race in the 2024 Uni SA Australian HPV Super Series on Saturday at the 2.4km McNamara Park motorcycle circuit.

Mount Gambier is one of the two races in the six race series that spans an eight hour period, running from 9am to 5pm.

The series ends in Murray Bridge where the teams race for 24 hours.

The series incorporates seven categories, covering schools and community teams.

Saturday’s event primarily featured teams from South Australia and Victoria, with local schools Mount Gambier High School, St Martins Lutheran College, Moorak and Yahl Primary Schools, Naracoorte Primary School and Millicent High 
School competing.

Around 300 trikes have been entered overall in this year’s series with the biggest events being Tailem Band, Adelaide and Murray Bridge with those races having around 200 trikes each racing in the event.

South Australian and Victorian teams race the most during the year with some teams from Western Australia also competing.

Out of the 6 races in the year, five are situated in SA with one event happening in Busselton WA which sees a lot of Western Australian teams compete in that event.

The Mount Gambier race featured 78 trikes competing with three school categories and four community categories.

Wattle Racing finished the day as the overall winners with its trike Gunyah with 161 laps completed in the eight hour timeframe.

Right behind Wattle Racing was Team UniSA, Trump Trikes Factory Racing and Bendigo Racing Team which all finished with 157 laps.

In the school categories Pembroke School and its trike Centurian finished well clear of the pack as the best school with 140 laps with its other trike Phoenix right behind in second with 135 laps.

The best school from the area was St Martins Lutheran College and its trike Sonic with 109 laps.

Round two of the series will be held at Tailem Bend with asix hour race at The Bend Motorsport Park on May 18.

Organisers said an event like this would not be possible without the help and support from the City of Mount Gambier and Uni SA.

Mount Gambier Motorcycle Club also helped greatly with the event, hosting the race with an amazing track for the teams to race 
on.

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