Bendigo Senior races the clock in RACV Energy Breakthrough

IT was a race before the race for Bendigo Senior Secondary College as students attempted to put together their human-powered vehicle in less than a day.

The students yesterday assembled their racing vehicle from scratch ahead of this weekend’s 24-hour endurance event.

Naming their vehicle the “DIY”, students and teachers from the school managed to put together the entire machine before the 5pm judging cut-off.

Year 12 student BJ Harris said they were keen to show how it could be done quickly and efficiently.

“Some teams take a whole year to construct a vehicle, but we thought we could do it in a day,” he said.

“Other students can see you can make your own vehicle yourselves.”

Teacher and team manager Daryl King said the students wanted to prove to themselves that they could do it.

“They welded it all together in the morning, put the aluminium frames in, then just whacked the stickers on. We wanted to show other teams that it’s not impossibly hard to build your own vehicle.”

Year 12 student Brenton Hassett said the team was hopeful  DIY would still be competitive in the endurance race. “We’ve got a passion for it, I think we can still go really well.”

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