Sacred Heart students place in Pedal Prix

Team effort: Chloe Spence, Joshua Calder, Tom Creusot, Ben Fallows, Timothy Lupton, Riley Lupton, Julien Hunt, Shawn Pears and John Crofts.
Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d458248
Team effort: Chloe Spence, Joshua Calder, Tom Creusot, Ben Fallows, Timothy Lupton, Riley Lupton, Julien Hunt, Shawn Pears and John Crofts. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d458248

SACRED Heart College was the first local team to place in the recent Pedal Prix competition held in Busselton.

The event saw teams work on human-powered vehicles before racing them for six continuous hours on an enclosed track.

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It was open to primary, secondary, university and open category teams, with the Sorrento school coming fifth overall to four professional racing teams who flew in from the eastern states to compete as a part of the national circuit.

The school had 18 students competing with two tricycles – one for everyone to have a turn and the other for five elite riders who wanted to push the limits of endurance and try to win the race.

They came first out of 14 senior secondary teams, fifth overall out of 46 vehicles and won the leading school award.

The second tricycle came 13th.

“It was an extremely fun weekend and it was awesome to take out the win,” Year 10 student James Cleaver said.

“The cars are great fun to ride and the competition was an all-round amazing experience.”

Year 11 student Thomas Woodward added that “being involved in the whole process and seeing the transition of building the trikes to racing them was a great experience”.

The school thanked parents Brett and Teresa Lupton from Fastlane Racing at Barbagallo Raceway and their friends at Lasersafe who donated money and time to hand-build the racing tricycles.