CQUni sponsors human powered vehicle race in Emerald

Published:09 August 2018

(L-R) CQUniversity Associate Vice Chancellor (Central Highlands) Blake Repine with Rocky Rampage's Danielle Ruff, Caden Ruff, Arasel Quinton and Phillip Richards (teacher). CQUni was a sponsor of the Central Highlands Human Powered Vehicle Race recently.

It was a nailbiting race to the end when Emerald hosted the second Central Highlands Human Powered Vehicle Race on 4-5 August.

Sponsored by CQUniversity, the 16-hour long race finished with only two laps separating the top two teams.

The race started at 4 pm on Saturday and saw teams race their vehicles throughout the night, crossing the finishing line at 8 am on Sunday.

Organiser Graeme Johnston said this year five schools - Emerald State High School, Marist College Emerald, Emerald Christian College, Springsure State School and Rockhampton State High School - competed in the Emerald event, with more than 120 students and 12 vehicles involved.

Rockhampton State High School's Rocky Rampage eventually claimed a narrow victory, completing 434 laps of the track ahead of Marist Checkmate on 432 laps. Emerald State High School's Rotary Rocket finished in third place, completing 373 laps.

"The best lap time was achieved by Rocky Rampage at 1 minute 48 seconds or 33 km/h," Mr Johnston said.

"CQUniversity's sponsorship allowed us to have good overnight lighting and a handsome trophy.

"A number of other organisations also assisted - Rotary conducted the scrutineering and lap counting, while the Lions Club provided food, Central Highlands Regional Council provided the safety barriers and the SES took care of our safety and vehicle recovery.

"The event will be on again in 2019, with more schools, more human powered vehicles and more displays!"

CQUniversity Associate Vice Chancellor (Central Highlands) Blake Repine said the race was exciting from start to finish.

"Rocky Rampage covered a distance of 460 km over the 16 hours, while Marist Checkmate travelled 458 km," he said.

"It was great to be involved with the event and we're looking forward to 2019."