back To The bend – race preview


By Aiden Cale

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is returning to The Bend Motorsport Park for Round 2 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series. The 6 hour event will see 164 trikes take to the startline at the renowned motor racing venue. 

A shortened 2.8 kilometre layout will be debuted, with riders diverting off the main straight, cutting into the infield for a tight and technical section before merging back onto the original layout for the remainder of the lap. This change in layout adds more variation into the seasons calendar, further testing each rider’s abilities.

In C7 Open, Platt Racing and Wattle Racing proved in Mount Gambier that they are the teams to beat, separated by a mere 24 seconds, and finishing 8 laps ahead of series debutants, UniSA Pedal Prix Team. 

Platt Racing have also announced the entry of a second trike, which will add further depth to the competition for the podium positions at the top end of the field. 

Wattle Racing’s all-female team look to be a strong force in C7 Open Female once again, clinching an overall top 15 finish in Mount Gambier. They will be joined by Fast Cats Racing who will be making their season debut at the Bend. 

S3 Senior is shaping up to have a close battle for the top position this year, as long-time stalwarts of the sport, Pembroke School, won the category in Mount Gambier, with the additional result of 9th in the overall classifications. Their gap to Norwood International High School after the eight hour event was 3 laps, igniting a rivalry between the two schools that will be sure to resume in Tailem Bend.

The Bend will also see Norwood’s all-female team make its series debut. As reigning National Champions in S3 Senior Female, they look to be the heavy favourites, vying for a repeat of their 2022 success.

The stage is set for Round 2 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, on Saturday, May 20. The racing will commence at 10am local time, with teams racing through the day with the leader taking the chequered flag at 4pm.