Saturday is the day before all the cars set off on the 3,000-kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide. It is also the day all the teams are on one place for the first time, at the Hidden Valley racetrack just outside Darwin.
It is the opportunity to give the car a speed and cornering test around the main track. Priscilla also had to prove her manoeuvrability around a figure-of-eight circuit.
We were delighted to race around the main circuit with an average speed of 77.8 kph and record the fastest lap of all the Cruisers of 2:13.40. Priscilla was tenth overall, beating two-thirds of the Challenger cars.
The official Day 1 of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge was Sunday 13 October when we were again up bright and early to the start line in front of Parliament House in Darwin. You can see the video as we pass over the start line and past the crowds here:
We finished the day just a few kilometres north of Daly Waters.
Day 2 took us from Daly Waters to Tennant Creek, the obligatory stop for the Cruiser category of cars. But Priscilla had to take an unscheduled ride in her trailer, due to a component malfunction.
We’re looking to see if we can fix our Desert Queen for the road again tomorrow. We’re incredibly proud to have made it this far as a first-time team and hope we can continue our amazing adventures with Priscilla all the way to Adelaide under our own power.
Day 3, the adventure continues……..
After a stop at Alice Springs. where Brumby’s ‘fuel for the road’ supplied the team with delicious Aussie favourites including meat pies, lamingtons and cheddarmite scrolls.
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