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Solar Challenge heats up

2012-09-26 09:43

The 650km sixth stage of the 5400km Sasol Solar Challenge from Oudtshoorn and East London presented the teams with many challenges ranging from narrow roads to scattered rains. On Monday September 24 the teams braved the rain and conquered the rough terrain between the two cities.

The first stop was the Port Elizabeth control where the people came out in numbers to cheer the local Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University team.

REALITY CHECK

For many of the students taking part in the challenge the harsh reality of theory versus practice was starting to sink in. It was evident over the course of the race that one needed to apply one's mind to a situation. For the students, the race has taken classroom theory has presented working problems.

On  Monday, September 24, the teams left East London to head for Bloemfontein. Some of the slower teams will head straight for Kokstad and Pietermaritzburg where they will all meet up for the final two stages.

In the last two stages we expect to see a large crowd coming out to support the team from UKZN which have been very impressive on every stage. The team from UKZN is currently behind the vastly experienced Tokai University which is the best performing South African car in terms of distance covered. The final stages will test the teams with distances not previously tried.

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