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