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4 October

End of Scrutineering Process of World Solar Challenge 2013 at Darwin, Australia


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Yes, we’ve just arrived at the sunny Darwin, Australia, for the World Solar Challenge 2013, soon (between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia, from  Oct. 6-13, 2013) to begin.  Darwin is the capital city of NT (Northern Territory) of Australia, situated on the Timor Sea. It is the most populated of the two cities in the sparsely populated NT, with a population of 129,062.

Since our last visit to Darwin two years ago (World Solar Challenge 2011), it’s gotten much more densely populated, resulting from a collaborative $33 billion Ichthys gas project between the Japanese gas company Inpex and its French partner Total in Darwin and off the coast of Western Australia. If you’re interested in finding out more about this project, then click-> Inpex confirms $33 bn Top End gas project. The influx of such huge projects has foreseeable outcomes: pace of life is picked up; longer opening hours for the local grocery stores such as Woolworths (closing hours changed from 5:00P.M. to 10:00P.M.);increased number of Hilton brand hotels (none in 2011, 3 in 2013);tripling Darwin real estate values in short period of 2 years.  It never fails to amaze me how well informed Australian taxi drivers are with local and international news. We were well caught up with most critical news of past two years during our 20 minute taxi ride from Darwin airport to our hotel.

Shortly after our arrival, we (the media) had received a terrific reception by all the teams of World Solar Challenge 2013 at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex.

Warm Reception from students at World Solar Challenge 2013. Three solar cars seen are:(L):University of Toronto (Canada)'s Blue Sky Solar Racing Team-B-7, (M):University of MI (USA) Solar Car Team's GENERATION, (R):EAFIT University (Columbia)'s EAFIT-EPM Solar Car Team's PRIMEVERA (photogaphed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Aurora Vehicle Association (Australia)'s AURORA EVOLUTION at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex of Darwin, Australia, of GoPro Adventure Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex at Darwin, Australia (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Such energy and enthusiasm! This is why we keep on coming back to cover World Solar Challenge, for how can we not have hope and optimism upon facing these students! How can we not try our individual and collective best to help all earthlings to make the shift toward renewable/solar future!


At this note, let’s unveil the press release from World Solar Challenge, below:


Who will take pole on the start…?All 40 teams (from 23 countries) have now been through the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge extensive three day static scrutineering process. (For a closer look of the static scrutineering process, allow me to share a video produced by the team from Singapore, SunSpec, that persevered through this process, below)

and Who will take to the start?The focus now turns to Hidden Valley race track tomorrow, Saturday 5 October, for the Dynamic Scrutineering involving a timed qualifying lap and Safety trials. Teams will take to the Hidden Valley track in an effort to post a time fast enough to ensure them a top place on the grid.Event Director Chris Selwood said even though the event is contested over 3000 kilometres and is about much more than just speed, the ‘top guns’ in the Elite Challenger Class will be wanting to post an impressive time.“Being in a top ten position ensures a cleaner run out of Darwin,” Chris said.“With static scrutineering now complete the teams have just one more hurdle to pass before they can take to the line. After such extensive preparation which for many has been over two years or more, to not compete at this late stage would be extremely disappointing for a team.“I think it’s easy to underestimate the commitment, time and resources needed to compete in this event. It is an achievement for teams just to get here,” Chris said.“As this event crosses some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain, over an arduous 3,000 kilometres in extreme temperatures, safety is paramount. Our scrutineering process is meant to be tough, to protect as much as we possibly can the well-being of our participants,” Chris said.Dynamic scrutineering starts tomorrow at Hidden Valley Race track from 8am – 12 noon with a chance to interview top teams at the conclusion. For further event media information please contact: Judi Lalor + 61 (0) 409188 129E:


~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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17 October

Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011-Day 2, October 17, 2011


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In the early afternoon unofficial event leader in the Veolia World Solar Challenge: Team Tokai from Japan was just kilometres ahead of Nuon Solar of the Netherlands who were just minutes in front of team Michigan – with the order changing between these three throughout the day. The three leaders are in Wauchope, 116 kilometres south of Tennant Creek, a temporary control stop which has been established  due to closure of Barrow Creek ( closed early afternoon due to bushfires).

Northern Territory Police have  advised the Stuart Highway to be closed to traffic both ways between Ti Tree and Wauchope. Event officials are monitoring the situation and keeping in close contact with participants. All timing and positions of solar vehicles are being recorded.

Oct. 17, Day 2,

of the Veolia World Challenge concluded with the top three teams camped together at a police roadblock near the Devils Marbles in Outback NT (Northern Territory).  Wauchope roadhouse played host to Tokai, Nuna and Michigan as bushfire, raged across the Stuart Highway near Barrow Creek.   Although some teams were held at Tennant Creek a little over 100 Km behind the leaders, the majority of participants are travelling towards Tennant Creek without disruption.

Control Checkpoints:

Location                  Time                 Date Open                     Date Closed_________

Katherine                From 11am       Sunday 16th                    Sunday 16th

Dunmarra                From 2pm         Sunday 16th                    Monday 17th at 3pm

Tennant Creek         From 8:30am   Monday 17th                  Tuesday 18th at 2pm

Barrow Creek           From 11:30am Monday 17th                  Wednesday 19th at 10am

Alice Springs           From 2:30pm   Monday 17th                  Wednesday 19th at 3pm

Kulgera                  From 8:30am   Tuesday 18th                 Thursday 20th at 9:30am

Coober Pedy           From 1pm        Tuesday 18th                  Thursday 20th at 3pm

Glendambo            From 4pm       Tuesday 18th                  Friday 21st at 2pm

Port Augusta           From 10am        Wednesday 19th            Saturday 22 at 12 noon____

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