World Solar Challenge kicks off, PHL’s entry started on pole position

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The bi-annual World Solar Challenge race in Australia has just kicked off. Among the 24 countries that are vying for this year’s title, our very own Sikat II-A was chosen by the organization to start in pole position after finishing first in the Adventure class in the pre-race qualifying round.

Carl Mamawa of De La Salle University and driver of the Sikat II-A said that he’s “ecstatic that we reached the coveted pole position. The whole team has prepared hard for the past few days so I’m very happy.”

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Since the team started competing back in 2007, this is the best outing that we’ve seen from them which serves as a testament of the team’s dedication to win the tournament. However, it’s not going to be a stroll in the park as they are up against Team Tokai of Japan which have won the two previous events and are now looking for a three-peat this year.

The 3,021-kilometer race started at Darwin, Australia and will end on October 11 in Adelaide. Given that this race is for solar-powered cars, the competing teams are only allowed to race between 8:00am to 5:00pm every day and will just setup camp where they stopped. The first car to conquer the Australian outback will take home the tourney’s grand prize.

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Ronnie Bulaong
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