As we moved steadily south towards Adelaide the temperature slowly dropped. Friday morning was a struggle to get up and out of our sleeping bags with an outside temperature of about 10°C! But with our last night of camping behind us, and the last day of the race before us we all crawled out of bed and got started to our respective morning jobs.
8am we hit the road raring to go, with no need to worry about draining the solar car battery, and 2 teams in front of us we had hopes to catch up to, we averaged a speed between 80-90 km/h. We soon left the peaceful small town road and scenery behind us and hit Adelaide traffic with no other teams in sight - likely also having pushed their cars to the max.
We finished the race though! Over 3000 km through the Australian outback, the car (and team) have successfully completed the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge as a first time entrant! Wow was the team happy when we crossed that finish line! An absolutely incredible feeling!
After having some photos the car was pulled forward so that the battery pack could be checked for tampering, and then the car was moved to the viewing tent where the public could ooh and aah over the amazing Hulamin! Soon thereafter the exhausted team split up to head to our Adelaide accommodation for a well-earned hot shower and sleep in a proper bed!
This has been a hard yet exhilarating journey, but it has come to an end. Cheers, Minke