The inaugural Combined Schools Billy Cart Derby, held at Wakefield Park Raceway today, has been hailed a great success with seven primary schools and three high schools visiting the motor racing circuit with home-designed billy carts.
Students from Tirranna Public School, Windellema Public School, Laggan Public School, Goulburn South Public School, Goulburn Public School, Breadalbane Public School, Goulburn High School, Mulwaree High School and Yass High School competed in time trials on two separate courses – a straight downhill run, and a technical run with a range of obstacles including witches hats and hay bales.
Tirranna Public School principal Ross Copland, who co-ordinated the event, was thrilled with the outcome of the day.
“It was a very successful day – all the students had a great time and learned a lot from the experience of the day, including ways they could make their carts go faster in each run,” Mr Copland said.
“There was a fair bit of work involved with talking to the schools and liaising with Wakefield Park, and each school did a lot to ensure there were teachers and students involved.
“The students had a lot of involvement in the design and preparation, there was also a lot of work done by other members of the school communities but the big thrill for the students was coming along and being able to drive their carts in a competitive event.
“I’d be happy to run and organise it again next year and hopefully we can have an even bigger involvement from other schools in the Southern Tablelands region.”
Wakefield Park operations manager Matt Baragwanath was pleased the event lived up to expectations.
“We were very happy to have the opportunity to make the circuit available for the billy cart derby, which was very different to the sorts of activities we normally run,” Mr Baragwanath said.
“Many thousands of extremely passionate motorsport enthusiasts visit Wakefield Park every year, but based on the meticulous preparation of the billy carts that were in action today, the kids participating today were just as enthusiastic.
“It’s very encouraging for the future development of not just the motorsport industry, but the wider community, that there is such a high level of innovative design ability and team spirit in so many of the younger members of the Goulburn region, and hopefully we’ll see them returning to the nation’s spectator track in all different types of vehicles in the years to come,” Mr Baragwanath concluded.
The results were determined by combined times from the straight and technical courses, with Goulburn Public School taking the overall win, Tirranna Public School finishing second and Windellama Public School rounding out the podium.