Dutch solar racing car team Solar Team Twente has grabbed the lead in the Darwin to Adelaide Bridgestone World Solar Challenge after two days of racing powered solely by the sun – and the sweat and smiles of contestants.
Since starting behind pole position and fellow Dutch team Top Dutch Solar Racing on Sunday from Darwin’s State Square, Solar Team Twente has come out in front in the Challenger class and is still maintaining its position as of lunch time Tuesday.
We're in first place, what a day! Bring on day 2💪 Check our Instagram and Facebook for more pictures and a full report of day 1! #TakeontheDutch #solarteamtwente #BWSC19 #bwscphoto pic.twitter.com/WbDzpjPo2u
— Solar Team Twente (@solarteamtwente) October 13, 2019
While gruelling conditions saw last race’s winner Vattenfall Solar Team pull off the road on Monday due to solar array problems, they have today finished in second place at the Alice Springs control stop and halfway point.
This was followed by Agoria Solar Team from Belgium, only 16 minutes behind, just in front of German Sonnenwagen who successfully leap frogged University of Michigan Solar Car Team, Tokai University Solar Car Team and Top Dutch Solar Racing to gain provisional fourth place.
🛑CONTROL STOP ALICE SPRINGS🛑
1 @solarteamtwente 🇳🇱 9:17.16
2 @VattenfallTeam 🇳🇱 9:30.33
3 @solarteam_be 🇧🇪 9:46.25*
4 @sonnenwagen 🇩🇪 9:52.06
5 @UMSolarCarTeam 🇺🇲 10:02.05*
6 @tokaichallenger 🇯🇵 10:04.15*#bwsc19
*Manual time from our watch pic.twitter.com/H2fv4R7EUw
— Bridgestone World Solar Challenge ☀️ (@WorldSolarChlg) October 15, 2019
In the Cruiser class, the first five teams to arrive at yesterday’s control stop were headed by Netherlands team Eindhoven, followed by Hong Kong’s IVE Engineering.
German team SolarCar-Team Hochschule Bochum claimed third provisional place, followed by Australia’s own Sunswift and ATN Solar Car Team in fourth and fifth respectively.
The Cruiser Class cars will stay overnight in Tennant Creek this evening, charging their vehicles overnight before their next charge at Coober Pedy.
These were the first 5 Cruisers to arrive at the Control Stop ⏲️#BWSC19 pic.twitter.com/UTwLSXgcnm
— Bridgestone World Solar Challenge ☀️ (@WorldSolarChlg) October 14, 2019
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.