Dutch team Nuon Solar has made it three wins in a row at the World Solar Challenge, crossing the finish line first in Adelaide this afternoon.
The team, which also won in 2013 and 2015, seized the lead early on in the 3,000 kilometre race from Darwin and never looked back, after the fleet of almost 40 teams set off on Sunday for the journey through Australia’s red centre.
Starting the day about 500 kilometres north of Adelaide, Nuon cruised south at speeds around 110 kilometres per hour and were still two hours ahead of their nearest rival when they reached Port Augusta.
A few hours later they reached Victoria Square, where the team’s members made their traditional dash for the fountain at the end of the epic voyage.
“It’s such a weird feeling because we’ve doing this thing for one-and-a-half years, and all of a sudden it’s ending,” Nuon Solar Team member Sarah Bennink Bolt said.
“It’s not just a team, it’s been everybody I know for the last year-and-a-half, it’s been all my friends and my family.”
Ms Bolt said her team knew exactly what was happening with the weather, as cloudy and rainy conditions took over yesterday.