EBT Success
Posted: 28-Nov-2018

Great Results at EBT Weekend

Congratulations to the Damascus College EBT teams!!! They all did a fantastic job at the weekend's Maryborough event.

For the 23 students and a handful of adults that attended, It was a happy and sad 2018 Energy Breakthrough at Maryborough.

The Happy…
• Our two teams competed against 113 others in the main event, the 24 hr trial, and for the first time in recent history got a top ten and a top twenty finish. (see detailed results below)
• One of our teams won the Display and Presentation aspect of the event , whilst the other won Design and construction.
• The EEV (electric only) team came runner up in their class
• Our vehicles received high praise and a lot of interest for their 3d printed components and one piece monocoque carbon fibre chassis. (it’s worth noting that the Damascus Energy Breakthrough team proudly builds all our machines in house in an era where many schools are now buying commercially available trikes.)
• Many of the usual challenges were faced such as crashes, punctures, rollovers and fatigue but were responded to with fun, creativity and commitment.
• A record number of teachers, past students and students families visited the event adding to the sense of community we experienced.

The Sad...
After a 21 years of creative input, great leadership and exceptional care for our students, Mark Mclean concluded his time with DCEBT at this event. Whist contending with a broken ankle, Mark still managed to lead the team admirably to great outcomes at the weekend. In recognition of his long involvement the event management gave him a lap of honour at the conclusion of the trial.
Mark will be sorely missed as he moves to a new phase of his life, but he has left a substantial legacy in the lives of what we estimate to be over 500 past and present participants in DCEBT. Thanks Mark for your commitment and dedication and well done. All the very best for the next adventure for you and Kerrin.

The weekend results were:
"Mean McLean" - Winner of Hybrid Design and Construction, Total laps = 564 (891 Km) 4th in Class, 10th overall of 113 entries.

"Lightning McLean" - Winner of Display and Presentation, total laps = 533 (842 Km) Runner up in Class, 22nd overall of 113 entries.

These two entries represent the highest number of kilometres any of our previous vehicles have managed, 100 kilometres more than our Hybrid winner (Cookie) - in 2009.

What a fantastic achievement - Well done to all involved.  

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