Debutants claim P1 in Dynamic Scrutineering
12 Oct 2019
They call themselves Top Dutch Solar Racing and there's little doubt the first-year team from Groningen in the Netherlands is anything else after their Green Lightning Challenger car blitzed the Hidden Valley lap record for a four-wheeled solar car on Saturday.
It means Top Dutch will have the honour of leading the field away from State Square, Darwin, on Sunday morning.
And if their speed is anything to go by, they are looking well-positioned for line honours in Adelaide, with no other team able to breach the average speed of 90km/h at Hidden Valley.
The only team that could potentially match their speed is the German team Sonnenwagen.
That team - from Aachen University in the west of Germany - was the only other team to dip below the two-minute barrier on Saturday, having notably overcome some early issues to show they too can shake-up the established order of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Kogakuin University (Japan) and Agoria (Belgium) rounded out the top four fastest laps with times below 2017's 'pole lap'.
The established order of Solar Challenge competitors such as former champions Tokai (Japan) and defending challenger winners Vattenfall (Netherlands) were sixth and eighth respectively.
Eclipse (Canada) led the timesheets for most of the day, and will depart seventh on Sunday.
Western Sydney was the top-ranked Australian team, sneaking into the top 10 with a 2.12.2990, while ATN Solar Car team was easily the fastest cruiser with a 2:13.4020 seeing it finish tenth overall.
Sunswift (Australia) in 14th place, IVE Engineering (Hong Kong) in 16th, Flinders University (Australia) in 18th and defending Cruiser champion Eindhoven (Netherlands) in 20th were the other four best-placed Cruiser Class entries.
Departures from State Square in Darwin get underway at 8am on Sunday morning, with the first finishers in the Challenger Class expected on Thursday afternoon.
The 15th Bridgestone World Solar Challenge takes place between Darwin and Adelaide, South Australia from 13-20 October 2019.