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Saturday, October 24th, 2009 by
Hard at work in Darwin watching the time trials

Hard at work in Darwin watching the time trials

As Simon mentioned yesterday, we have a very big, very hot day ahead of us today. Right now, we’re at Hidden Valley Raceway, where two very important things are happening. Behind me, the solar cars are whizzing around the track, completing their time trials to determine their starting order.

At the same time, the Eco Challenge cars are going through some final checks and their CAMS scrutineering.

The Roadster (which maybe should be renamed Roaster, in this heat!) is also getting a final charge and a few last minute tweaks to ensure the smoothest journey back to Adelaide.

Once it’s fully charged, we’re off to a specific petrol station (the technical start of the race for recording purposes) before heading into the centre of Darwin for the official start of the Challenge at State Square atr lunchtime. The first stage of the journey is to cruise around an urban track that has been laid out on the streets of the city, while the second involves a slightly longer voyage – 300 or so kilometres south, to Katherine. At this point, all signs are pointing to us being able to do today’s trip on a single charge, which will be great!

As I write this (sitting in the cab of the truck carrying the generator), it is easy to see that everybody is interested in the Roadster. Teams from all over the world are taking a break from feverishly working on their cars to come over and check out the shiny red sports car that looks a fair bit different to everything else in the event.

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(Solar cars go through their paces on the track – click to enlarge!)

Over the course of the event, Simon will still be updating the blog with his drivers-eye view of the race, and I’ll be adding a few extra bits and pieces from my somewhat more relaxed perspective – from the truck, which now has air conditioning!

— Jessica Citizen

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