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It’s been Three Long Years

The jewel in the crown, the pinnacle of HPV racing, the toughest race of them all, the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix, returns to Murray Bridge this weekend.

After a COVID enforced three year absence, Human Powered Vehicle racing, or Pedal Prix, as it is more fondly known, is in the final stages of ramping up to take to the brilliant riverside venue of Sturt Reserve.

More than 150 racing trikes will compete at the transformed and tranquil setting by the water to test man and machine over a grueling 24hours, in what is a true test of endurance. Starting at 12 noon Saturday, and concluding under the chequered flag the same time Sunday, teams of up to 15 riders will persist and prolong, stopping briefly only for rider changes, to ensure the highest placing possible.

“Just to be back racing this year has been a major achievement in itself after a tough time through COVID, so to get to the end of the season and be back here for this very special event is tremendous,” said Series CEO Marcus Lacey. “Murray Bridge is a great place to come and race, we must thank the Rural City of Murray Bridge for their support and the people of the region for their welcoming attitude.”

This will be the 36th running of the event, which is the sixth and final round of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series. Teams will race for category honours, as well as outright, with both school based outfits and open racers taking to the track.

In the senior school category, watch out for Pembroke, Murray Bridge High School and Saint Peters to battle at the front, and in the Open Category, Aurora, Wattle Racing and Platt Racing will all be vying for the win.

Some 10,000 people are expected to attend over the three day carnival, with first on track action being practice scheduled for Friday evening. Entry into the venue is $15 per head and $15 per vehicle with full camping facilities available.

Event: 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix

Date: 24/25 September 2022

Time: 12 noon Saturday to 12 noon Sunday

Venue: Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge

Weekend Attendance: 10,000

Entry: $15.00

back to busso!

 

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series returns to the picturesque Western Australian City of Busselton for Round 5 of the 2022 Series this Sunday, 21 August. The stunning coastal destination located 220km south of the state’s capital Perth will also double as the third and final round of the 2022 Epiroc WA Pedal Prix Series.

It’s been some three years since the Series has visited Western Australia and now with the lifting of COVID restrictions, racing can resume on this ideal oceanside circuit.  

Thanks to the support of the City of Busselton, a solid contingent of vehicles will take part with entries coming from local schools, the Perth metropolitan district and South Australia.

“It’s tremendous to be able to race again after a significantly difficult few years due to COVID,” stated Series CEO Marcus Lacey. “Coming back to Busselton is a real highlight of the calendar.  We hope to see as many local and Perth based teams take to the track as possible.”

“We are thrilled to be part of the Busselton event as it is the climax to our three round Series here in Western Australia,” added WA Chairperson Ben Clayton.

Situated on the beautiful Geographe Bay, and often referred to as the events capital of Western Australia, Busselton is well known for its 1.8-kilometre-long, wooden-piled jetty which has survived a cyclone, storm and fire to retain its status as the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere.

“The City of Busselton has been instrumental in making this event happen and we extend our gratitude and thanks for their support,” said Lacey and Clayton in a joint statement.

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series also thanks Trade Hire, CB Traffic Solutions, Sound Pro and Juice Print for their support.

 

Race Day Schedule – Sunday 21 August  

7.00am Venue open for team access  

8.30am Marshals Briefing at Race Control (10 mins)  

8.50am Team Manager Briefing at Race Control (10 mins)  

9.20am Teams to Grid  

9.30am All Marshals in position  

9.50am Clear the Grid  

10.00am Race Start  

4.00pm Race Finish  

4.15pm Presentations 

 

 

 

 

 

Thunder Shakes Junior School Series

 

Brighton Primary School’s Thunder has taken out the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series in the S1 (Junior School) division after claiming victory at Round 4.

With a one lap win at The Bend 8 Hour on Saturday, the coastal team finished the Series with maximum points, a perfect score of 300 points from the two eligible rounds.

To be eligible for Series Awards, Junior School teams must compete in 2 short duration (6 or 8 hour) Series rounds, including Adelaide Round 3. Scores from the Adelaide Round 3, are then combined with the best other short duration round to determine the Series result. The vehicle finishing first in the category in the Series race receives 150 points. Second place 1 less point than first place and so on in a diminishing scale.

Brighton Primary School Thunder finished third in their first outing this year, The Bend 6 Hour, then followed this up with a first place finish at Adelaide’s Round 3 and another first on Saturday.

Team Manager, Lucas Lane expressed the team’s delight with the result. “We are incredibly proud of our result this year. It has not been an easy season, and we have needed to work incredibly hard as a team to overcome the challenge that was set early by teams like Murray Bridge, Unity, and especially Crafers Primary School.

Whilst our students were celebrating in pit lane, a number of Crafers team members, clad in their distinctive red jumpers and led by their coordinator, came over to speak to them. I was absolutely amazed by the sportsmanship that I saw in this moment. To have the kids from their school come to congratulate us on the win, shake the children’s hands, and tell them that it was a good contest, was an enormous gesture from the students at Crafers. It meant a lot to us at Brighton that there was such respect within the rivalry that we had developed through the year and was a phenomenal teaching moment for our kids.

We now look to next year, where I hope that we can continue to grow as a team, possibly get our hands on a fourth bike, and aim to occupy more podium positions by season’s end.”

Second place in the Series was taken out by Murray Bridge North School’s The Beast on 298 with a second place at Adelaide and another second in Round 1 at The Bend 6 Hour. Third was Crafers Primary School Comet, on the same point score of 298, but placing behind The Beast at the crucial Adelaide event.

Series CEO Marcus Lacey congratulated the southern suburbs Primary School team. “Brighton Primary School and it’s Pedal Prix team are to be commended on the sterling effort and commitment to the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series in taking out the 2022 Junior School category. It requires teamwork, dedication and significant support to even compete in our challenging endurance events. Clearly the students, staff, school and community have all combined to produce an excellent result. Congratulations.”

In 2022 the Series format for Primary Schools, does not include the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge. This decision was taken by organisers in the interests of safety. There will have been no S1 riders who have ever competed at Murray Bridge before, and the average age of S1 riders has been reduced as Year 7 students have moved into secondary education facilities. These factors, combined with the challenging nature of the Sturt Reserve venue and race, where half will be run at night, have contributed to the move. This will be reviewed again for 2023.

Series points Up For Grabs at The bend 8 Hour

A huge field of 186 entrants are set to take to the brilliant Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday for Round 4 of the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series.

The race will be the biggest so far this season and will bring together teams from across South Australia and Victoria to battle for outright and category honours, as well as valuable Series points.

In the Open (C7) category, Aurora will again be the team to beat, with Gunyah and Platt Racing snapping at their heels. Aurora lead the Series on 449 points with Gunyah just one point behind on 448, followed by Platt Racing on 443. The vehicle finishing first in their category in a Series race receives 150 points. Second place in category gets 1 less point than first place and so on in a diminishing scale. Scores from a teams best 3 short duration rounds will be combined with the result from Round 6, the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge to determine the Series results. Other contenders this weekend will be Trump Trikes, Gtrikes and Peninsula Human Power.

In the Senior Secondary category (S3), Black Friars Priory School Hound 1, a model of consistency, leads on 431, followed by Concordia College Concordi with 426, and Concordia College Veloci on 422. Pembroke’s Centurion and St Peters College Vector, will be looking to join the battle up front on race day.

In other categories, Series leaders are:

Category C6 Community u20

  1. Peninsula Human Power Super B 449
  2. Wimmera HPV Racing Young Guns 445
  3. Bruce Racing International Bruce Junior 444

Category S2 Junior Secondary School

  1. Concordia College Shockwave (All Female) 393 – the only team to have completed all 3 rounds so far

Category C5 Community u16

  1. Random Kids racing Feet First 448
  2. Aberfoyle Park Campus Tornadoes Stinger 440

Category S1 Primary School

  1. Holy Trinity Lutheran College Thunder 443
  2. Holy Trinity Lutheran College Hurricane (All Female) 435

Category C4 Community u15

  1. Wimmera HPV Racing Visper 447

The endurance component of the 8 Hour race might be compiled by the weather conditions, with some wind and rain forecast.

The race starts at 9am with the chequered flag scheduled to be shown at 5pm.

Gates open early at The Bend Motorsport Park, 543 Dukes Highway, Tailem Bend, SA 5260

Entries Still Open

City of Busselton Mayor, The Honourable Grant Henley, gets the race underway on the Busselton Foreshore in 2019, the last time the event visited the oceanside circuit.

 

With one month to go, entries are still open for Round 5 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, and Round 3 of the Epiroc Pedal Prix Series, when Human Powered Vehicle racing returns to the picturesque foreshores of Geographe Bay in Busselton on Sunday the 21st of August. 

It’s been some three years since the Series has visited Western Australia and now with the lifting of COVID restrictions, racing can resume on this ideal oceanside circuit.  

Thanks to the support of the City of Busselton, some 40 vehicles are expected to take part with entries coming from local schools, the Perth metropolitan district, South Australia and Victoria.  

“It’s tremendous to be able to race again after a significantly difficult few years due to COVID,” stated Series CEO Marcus Lacey. “Coming back to Busselton is a real highlight of the calendar.  We hope to see as many local and Perth based teams take to the track as possible.”

The event is a round of the national UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, as well as the Epiroc WA Pedal Prix Series. “We are thrilled to be part of the Busselton event as it is the climax to our three round Series here in Western Australia,” said WA Chairperson Ben Clayton.

“Working with WAHPV Association Chairperson Ben Clayton and his team, along with the support of The City of Busselton, enables us stage what will be a great day of racing,” confirmed Lacey.

There is still time to get entries in for teams contemplating getting to Busselton for the event. Simply click here to submit your entry and join in for a great weekend.

Program of Events  

Saturday 20 August  

Scrutineering will take place at the Busselton Youth and Community Centre, corner of High Street and Bussell Highway from 12:00pm – 3:30pm.  

Sunday 21 August  

7.00am Venue open for team access  

8.30am Marshals Briefing at Race Control (10 mins)  

8.50am Team Manager Briefing at Race Control (10 mins)  

9.20am Teams to Grid  

9.30am All Marshals in position  

9.50am Clear the Grid  

10.00am Race Start  

4.00pm Race Finish  

4.15pm Presentations 

 

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. 

Book Now

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