Samantha Topp is pushed by Noah Davidson at the billycart derby day on Thursday.
Samantha Topp is pushed by Noah Davidson at the billycart derby day on Thursday.

Billycarts put through paces

QUEENSLAND'S next wave of motorsport champions may have cut their teeth at the Grandchester State School last week.

The inaugural Grandchester Derby Day featured teams of the school's Year 5, 6 and 7 students designing, building and racing billycarts.

The carts were put through their paces on Thursday when the students raced against the clock and an impending downpour.

Grandchester State School principal Adam Poulus said the day was the culmination of a term of hard work.

"The kids had a really great day even with the rain coming in," he said.

"It was a real chance for them to showcase their talents."

Built from parts from old bikes, trollies and prams, the carts were made with the assistance of two Grandchester locals who helped the students with the more technical aspects of construction.

The first race of the day saw the carts race one at a time around a course, aiming to be the team with the quickest time.

The cross country was then followed by a downhill distance challenge, with each team attempting to roll the farthest down a hill.

The program was part of a technology unit run by the school during fourth term.



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