It’s March, the month the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series gets underway, and with just two weeks to go, the green light is set to shine on the grid at the Blue Lake City’s McNamara Park on Saturday the 26th.
After two years of COVID delivered challenges which saw just three of twelve scheduled events undertaken, it’s a welcome outlook for race hungry teams.
A strong field of eighty seven entries have registered to make their way to the southern city and revel in the experience of the flowing 2.4km black ribbon of asphalt that Mount Gambier Motorcycle Club’s home track provides.
“After such a difficult two years, it’s particularly pleasing to return to racing in 2022,” stated AIPP Inc. CEO Marcus Lacey. “It really has been a drought, a dry couple of years where our community has not been able to do what they love. The strong response to registrations is very positive, and I would like to thank all teams, team managers, teachers, schools, riders, staff, families and supporters for staying strong and coming back with enthusiasm,” he said.
Aurora Racing (Aurora) will return as reigning victors of the event last time it was run, some 12 months ago. They can expect a fierce challenge from Wattle Racing (Gunyah). The two teams went head to head last year with Aurora coming home after 8 hours of racing to take the outright win by just one lap, 163 to Gunyah’s 162. Other strong contenders from last year including Peninsula Human Power, Unhinged and Team Relentless will be looking to put in a strong challenge. The return of Platt Racing, absent from the circuit for some years could just be the dark horse to throw a cat amongst the pigeons!
In the schools categories, Pembroke School (Phoenix) edged out their younger teammates (Radar) by 13 laps, 144 to 131. Who can level the challenge to this well drilled outfit? Holy Trinity Lutheran College, Concordia?
And of course, who will take out the coveted Copyworld Fastest Lap? A blistering 2:42.9 outright was set by Category C7 team Gunyah, with Pembroke Phoenix in S3 setting the fastest time by a school team just 1.4secs behind with a time of 2:44.3!
Scrutineering will once again be held on the Friday preceding, the 25th of March, at the Railway Lands, a magnificent parkland location adjacent the bustling City centre. All racing HPVs will be checked for compliance with the National Specifications and readied for action the next day.
Riders will get the go signal at 8:00am on Saturday with regular rider changes scheduled to see them at their top pace for the whole 8 hour endurance event.
Australian International Pedal Prix Inc., organisers of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series gratefully acknowledge Series sponsors University of South Australia, the City of Mount Gambier, and Mount Gambier Motorcycle Club whose support and assistance is material to making this event happen.