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Mount Gambier Good To Go

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.

2021 Outright winners, Aurora Racing
Runner up and Copyworld fastest lap holder, Wattle Racing’s Gunyah

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.

Supercars and hpvs go back to back

The Bend Motorsport Park will host Supercars and HPVs over back to back weekends.

Mid year will be busy at The Bend Motorsport Park (The Bend) after it was announced yesterday the circuit will play host to Round 8 of the 2022 Supercars Championship on July 30/31. Australian International Pedal Prix (AIPP), organisers of the Uni SA Australian HPV Super Series, will now hold Round 4 of the Series the following weekend on Saturday 6 August 2022. It was scheduled to be held on 30 July 2022.

AIPP and The Bend Motorsport Park worked closely together during the course of 2021. The first HPV event was held at the circuit in May of this year and provided a great new experience. The relationship has continued to grow, and two events are scheduled for 2022. With the goodwill and corporation of both parties, the move to 6 August provides a clear weekend for Supercars to return to South Australia once again.

AIPP CEO Marcus Lacey said the outcome was pleasing, “The Bend Motorsport Park’s calendar is always in demand but we have been able to negotiate a move to the following weekend for Round 4 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, with the Supercars and HPVs now racing on back to back weekend’s at The Bend in 2022. It’s a good result for all.”

Dr Sam Shahin, Managing Director, The Bend Motorsport Park said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have The Bend work alongside Australian International Pedal Prix to deliver another installment of what promises to be a magnificent event in 2022.  The 2021 was a sensational spectacle and I am absolutely certain that 2022 will take it to a whole new level.  We all cannot wait!

2022 Calendar Finalised

The Bend Motorsport Park for Round 2 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series

Australian International Pedal Prix Incorporated, is pleased to announce the full calendar for the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series. 

The last event to be finalised is Round 2 of the Series with The Bend Motorsport Park confirmed as the host venue, seeing the internationally acclaimed circuit slated for two events in 2022.  

The Series will visit an exciting mix of venues across South Australia and Western Australia. The Bend will now feature twice during the season, sandwiching Adelaide’s Victoria Park which is set for 17-19 June. The Busselton foreshore will host Round 5 on August 21, with the grand finale at Murray Bridge’s Sturt Reserve on September 24 – 25. The season will kick off at Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park on 26 March. 

Three options were shortlisted for Round 2, being The Bend, Loxton and Mallalla. Loxton, an old favourite, is a street circuit and has the shortcoming of being challenging to barricade and fence, proving difficult to manage from a safety/access and COVID Management perspective. Mallala, the motor racing circuit now just 45 minutes north of Adelaide via the new expressway, would have provided a relatively flat open venue. Whilst the track itself could cater for large numbers, the amenities and pit areas were considered limiting factors. Both venues however, remain on the radar as future options. The Bend is a proven quantity with plenty of attributes including a wide safe track, quality pits, and a very different viewing scenario, coupled with pit suite accommodation. 

“We are very excited to finalise all rounds of the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series,” said CEO Marcus Lacey. “We met with representatives of Loxton, and toured Mallalla, on the basis both venues had something to offer as well as bringing variety to the Series. However, returning to The Bend Motorsport Park for Round 2 made a lot of sense in the end. It has a lot going for it and is a known quantity, an important consideration with COVID still amongst us.” 

2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Calendar

  • Rnd 1 Mount Gambier, Saturday, 26 March
  • Rnd 2 Tailem Bend, Saturday, 14 May
  • Rnd 3 Victoria Park, Fri – Sun, 17-19 June
  • Rnd 4 Tailem Bend, Saturday, 30 July
  • Rnd 5 Busselton, Sunday 21 August
  • Rnd 6 Murray Bridge, Fri – Sun, 23 – 25 September

ticket prices drop

Ticket prices for the Andrew McLachlan Tribute Event have tumbled. 

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The announcement comes about after two longtime supporters of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, Floodlight Content and Copyworld, signed up to sponsor the special occasion. 

The news has provided the opportunity for ticket prices to drop from $85.00 to $65.00 including GST, a significant reduction, while still retaining the full food and drink package, video premier, and full facilities at Oceanique, Adelaide Sailing Club’s beachside function centre. 

For nearly two decades, Andrew has guided, developed, and managed the sport of Human Powered Vehicle racing as both CEO and Chairperson of Australian International Pedal Prix Incorporated. Whilst his involvement in the sport stretches back even further, it is during his time in this official capacity which has seen the sport and its community flourish, with the establishment of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series a major achievement.

“Pedal Prix and Andrew helped us get started as a business,” said Justin Counihan, Managing Director of Floodlight Content, now a supplier of high-end creative visual content to major global brands, including Tesla. “Andrew allowed us to hone our storytelling skills, entrusting us to film events such as the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix, where we were able to learn so many invaluable skills. It’s a pleasure to give back and an honour to acknowledge Andrew for his tremendous achievements.” Floodlight Content will also support the production of a video chronicling Andrew’s time with the sport which will be premiered at the event. 

Copyworld have become synonymous with the Copyworld Fastest Lap, having sponsored the highly sought-after accolade for several years now. “We have really enjoyed being part of the sport and the great values it represents,” said General Manager David Morris. “We know Andrew has given a lot of himself in his role at the helm for many years. We are delighted to support this special event.” 

“Australian International Pedal Prix Inc. is extremely grateful for the sponsorship of the Andrew McLachlan Tribute Event from two of it’s longtime supporters, Floodlight Content and Copyworld. Their support has allowed us to bring the ticket price down while at the same time still providing the full service of the Oceanique venue,” enthused Chief Executive Marcus Lacey. “It should be a great night, and a fitting tribute for Andrew.” 

Everyone who has purchased tickets at the original issue price of $85.00 will receive a refund for the $20.00 difference. 

The Andrew McLachlan Tribute Event 

  • Date: Friday 19 November 
  • Time: 6:30pm 
  • Venue: Oceanique @ Adelaide Sailing Club
    9 Barcoo Rd, West Beach South Australia 5024 
  • Dress: Semi Formal 
  • Food: Full Canape Menu
  • Drinks: Sparkling, White, Red, Beer, Cider, Soft Drinks
  • Bookings: Click here now

2022 provisional calendar released

The Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge is slated to return in 2022.

The provisional calendar for the 2022 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series has been released.

After a disappointing end to 2021 with three rounds cancelled due to COVID, the anticipation of  a full calendar of events is palpable.

The season once again is slated to get underway in the South East of SA in Mount Gambier. The smooth and wide flowing circuit of McNamara Park has hosted the opening round for several years now and is an ideal self contained venue. Round 2 is currently to be confirmed with a number of options still under consideration. Victoria Park is penciled in for Round 3 on 17-19 June, a three day format as per 2021 anticipated. The Series looks set to return to The Bend Motorsport Park on Sunday July 31, the facility getting it’s first taste of HPV racing this year and proving quite an experience. Busselton is once again on the provisional calendar, having been cancelled for the last two years in succession due to COVID. To see the foreshore track back in action will be warmly welcomed. The season finale is again set for Sturt Reserve at Murray Bridge. The jewel in the crown, the Australian International Pedal Prix is a favourite of the teams.

“The release of the Provisional Calendar is an important milestone as we prepare to go racing again in 2022. It’s been far too long since we have been able to hold events and go racing. That’s what we’re here for, that’s what we intend to do,” stated UniSA AHPVSS CEO Marcus Lacey.  “The Provisional Calendar seeks to outline a realistic set of events, and is bookended by Mt Gambier and Murray Bridge, with Adelaide’s Victoria Park in the middle. A return to Tailem Bend and the Bend Motorsport Park in 2022 and the return of Busselton is an excellent outcome. There are several options for Round 2, and we hope to be able to announce a decision on this in due course. Overall, we would say this is a very pleasing provisional calendar after having two year’s rocked by the ever uncertain COVID dominated world. The provisional calendar is subject to change, but we look forward to finalising details over coming weeks. Reports continue to be positive that the ongoing vaccine roll out is on track to provide a degree of stability for 2022, although we expect there will be several important event management, and health and safety, factors to be considered,” he added.

2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Provisional Calendar

  • Rnd 1 Mount Gambier, Saturday, 26 March
  • Rnd 2 TBC, Saturday, 14 May
  • Rnd 3 Vic Park, Fri – Sun, 17-19 June
  • Rnd 4 Tailem Bend, Sunday, 31 July
  • Rnd 5 Busselton, Sunday 21 August
  • Rnd 6 Murray Bridge, Fri – Sun, 23 – 25 September

 

primary schools development events to be considered 

Could more fields of Primary School teams take to the track in 2022 like this one assembled on the grid at Victoria Park this year?

Australian International Pedal Prix Incorporated, the organising body of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, is considering the possibility of a number of races/events specifically for primary school teams in 2022. 

During the course of this year’s events, Primary School teams had the opportunity to race at Adelaide’s Victoria Park on the Friday of the Round 3 UniSA AHPVSS race weekend. The entire day, race and track was devoted to the category with some 45 vehicles in action. Reaction from teams and riders reflected positively on the format and with no other categories on track, Pembroke School’s Next Gen took line honours from Crafers Primary School Comet and Murray Bridge North Primary School’s The Beast. 

A key contributing factor is the shift of Year 7’s to high school from 2022. The primary school category will be able to draw upon two year levels (5 and 6), allowing for the continuation of learning from one year to the next for both the riders and also the parents. The shift to the separate competition opens the door to finding safe pathways for younger year levels to take part, in year 6, 5 and hopefully below. 

Providing these younger competitors with their own space and tempo on track will enhance safety and enjoyment for participants. These changes are also being considered with some category modifications. 

“The ongoing development of HPV racing is a key component of our focus,” said CEO Marcus Lacey. “We are looking at ways to increase the opportunity for participation and improve safety all the time. The concept of stand-alone primary school races/events may well be a positive move in this direction, with more trikes able to take to the track in the younger age group, and entry capacity then able to increase in other categories as well. What’s more, the speed differential between the faster adult categories and the younger riders will be removed in such an event, making them inherently more safe,” he added. 

The potential benefits of races/events specifically for primary school teams include: 

         *enhanced safety through lower vehicle speed differentials 

         *the opportunity to deliver more specific experiences targeting primary school age students including rider education development, trike maintenance, benefits of active recreation, teamwork, and sustainability 

        *category alignment with the now standardised year/age grouping across primary and high schools 

         *creation of a platform of events to showcase the talent, competitiveness, and community of the primary school riders and teams 

         *the opportunity for riders in the primary school ages to race for the chequered flag in their own right

         *provide capacity for growth and development of the primary school category, and increase the overall participation capacity of HPV/Pedal Prix racing 

“Clearly there are potential benefits to the concept. Equally, many questions remain. Questions around locations, venues, resources, viability, and so on. We will be looking carefully at the concept and try to consider all aspects moving forward,” said Lacey. 

 

mount gambier to green light 2022

The majestic McNamara Park, home to the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series opener.

The 2022 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series (AHPVSS) will get the green light at Mount Gambier on Saturday 26 March 2022.

“It’s very exciting to be able to make the first 2022 Series calendar announcement with Mount Gambier again hosting the season opener,” exclaimed CEO Marcus Lacey.  “Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park has been the stage for Round 1 many times before, and I’m sure it will be welcomed again after such a difficult and challenging period of on/off events. We simply want to go racing!”

Located just 20 minutes outside Mt Gambier, the McNamara Park motor cycle racing circuit has much to offer. The twisting 2.4 km circuit provides something for everyone with fast straights, sweeping bends and technical downhill and uphill sections, and is an ideal venue for the event.

In preparation for the Saturday March 26 race at the track, vehicle scrutineering will take place at Mount Gambier Railway Lands Reserve in the CBD of Mount Gambier on Friday March 25. This will be the first opportunity to see the new season machines race ready.

Round 1 of the 2022 Uni SA AHPVSS in Mt Gambier is presented thanks to the generous support and cooperation of the City of Mount Gambier, and the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club.

To assist in planning your trip to Mount Gambier have a look at the Visitor Information Centre website at Mt Gambier Visitor Information and check out accommodation options at Mt Gambier Accommodation and Port Macdonnell region accommodation

bellotti corner redeveloped

One of the most exciting sections of track on the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series calendar has
undergone a major redevelopment.

Bellotti Corner, a fast paced 90 degree left hand bend followed by a right kick back coming onto the river front main straight at Murray Bridge’s picturesque Sturt Reserve has been substantially improved. The work, undertaken by The Rural City of Murray Bridge, has been carried out with rider safety at the forefront of the redesign.

Working in conjunction with organisers of the Series, the local council body has committed significant resources to undertake the changes.

“Bellotti Corner has always been action packed, an exhilarating spot for both rider and spectator alike,” noted CEO Marcus Lacey. “The great thing about these changes is they will keep the exciting nature of the corner intact, while at the same time substantially increase the safety for all trikes at this point in the track.”

The changes include:

  • Removal of the of the light pole on the river side of the corner
  • Re-laying of the kerbing at the outside edge of the circuit, in a different design profile to provide a gentler gradient, negotiable for HPVs, should vehicles leave the track
  • Replacement of the storm water culvert on the outside edge of the circuit with a flush design style that will not damage HPVs
  • Expanding and flattening the run off area on the outside of the corner

 

“It is disappointing we are not at Murray Bridge right now for the annual 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix, due to COVID,” said Lacey. “We’d like to thank The Rural City of Murray Bridge, as these upgrades will be welcome by all when we return in 2022.”

Bellotti Corner was named in honour of Tim Bellotti, a trailblazer of HPV racing development in Australia. He helped revolutionise the sport and was directly responsible for the way many HPVs are designed today. He was heavily involved with Walford School in the late 1990’s before establishing his winning teams in the early 2000’s, dominating the Open category with his advanced designs. Tim was a true pioneer of the sport and a great friend to the AIPP community. One of his race winning vehicles is still being used by a Primary School Team.

lacey confirmed as ceo

New CEO of AIPP Inc. Marcus Lacey, says focus will be on the future and increased opportunity.

Marcus Lacey has been appointed CEO of Australian International Pedal Prix Inc. Having been acting in the position over the past month, his confirmation was endorsed at a meeting of the Board last night.

Lacey has a long history with the sport, his involvement with Pedal Prix dating back to the mid 90’s when he worked with Tim Bellotti. His children also participated, racing during the 2010’s. Most recently he has been operating in the position of Marketing and Communications Manager.

In commencing, he paid respect to his predecessor “Clearly the past two years have been tremendously challenging to say the least. Andrew McLachlan has navigated a path through very difficult times, and I would like to acknowledge his efforts during this period, and his outstanding contribution to our sport over what is the best part of the past two decades. There will be more to say about this in due course.”

His focus however is very much on the future. “2022 holds great promise of enabling a return to HPV racing on a major scale,” he said. “The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is set for a full season of action, with development of the calendar well advanced. Traditional events such as a season opener at Mt Gambier look set to return. We got a chance this year to try a new format at Adelaide’s Victoria Park, which proved very successful. We were also able to introduce HPV racing to The Bend Motorsport Park, which was quite an event. With the experience gained, we have the opportunity to make these even better next year.”

While Lacey confirmed a return to Busselton, the ‘Events Capital of WA’ remained a likely prospect, along with the running of the traditional 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge, he also hinted at some new developments. “The 24hr race is the jewel in the crown. It’s a long, tough and challenging event which makes it so rewarding to contest. For next year however, we are considering an expanded race program there, and format changes which will add to improved rider enjoyment and safety. Aside from Murray Bridge, right now we’re looking at a couple of venues not on the 2021 calendar, some pre-season racing concepts, and creating opportunities for new teams to enter the sport. The net result will be greater openings to enjoy and participate in the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series and our unique and exciting sport.”

Lacey confirmed his focus is on shaping and developing the sport for participant involvement and enjoyment, and securing it’s long-term future. “Our sport has much to offer, so many benefits, and it’s simply, so enjoyable to be part of. I want to see the opportunity for everyone to participate continue to grow. I would like to thank the Board for their confidence in me and I look forward to working with our team to deliver an exciting season of events in 2022.”

copyworld renews for 2022 

Copyworld will again sponsor the Fastest Lap award in 2022

Copyworld has again joined forces with the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series to sponsor the Copyworld Fastest Lap award in 2022. 

The highly coveted award recognises the fastest single lap ridden at each round of the Series and is awarded per category.

Copyworld has been naming rights sponsor of the award since 2019, with this renewal strengthening the relationship even further.

In re-signing for 2022, General Manager Copyworld, David Morris, said, “The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series brings people together, it has a great sense of community, and we like that. We can see the benefits it brings to young people, families, and participants. The resilience of the organisation and all the teams over what has been a very tough time is to be admired. It ticks a lot of boxes for us and we are very pleased to support the Series again next year.”

“We are delighted to have Copyworld join us again for the 2022 season,” stated Acting CEO Marcus Lacey. “Their ongoing commitment to the Series and HPV racing is greatly appreciated, particularly during the challenging times which have been thrust upon us by COVID. Copyworld has become synonymous with the fastest lap award, and to have them with us again in 2022 is another positive as we prepare to go racing in the new year.”

Established by Managing Director Ross Almond in 1984, Copyworld has grown from its humble origins to become a national leader in the sale and service of photocopiers and network solutions. With purpose-built offices in Adelaide and Perth, the company has over 60 dedicated employees serving the needs of customers Australia-wide.