Here is another distance/time plot for non-trailered Challenger class cars. Race leaders Twente (21) and Nuon (3) are so close that the orange line is hidden under the red – it will come down to race strategy and managing the weather issues. Michigan (2) is next in blue (still suffering the curse of third), followed by Tokai (10). Punch (8) served a one-hour penalty in Kulgera for alleged reckless driving by their media car. They are appealing this, and are also clawing back lost time, as the dark green line shows. Next come Stanford (16), Kecskemét (23), Arrow (30), EAFIT (5), and Western Sydney Uni (13). UKZN (14) and Blue Sky (77) have been duelling for the next spot, and it looks like the dashed line for UKZN is just a whisker ahead now. After them come Goko High Scool (25) in black, Jönköping Uni (46), Nagoya (47), Kanazawa (51), Principia (32), Anadolu (36), KUST (82), MIT (7), and Beijing (80).
Sadly, Adelaide (9) report having trailered. Some of the other cars listed might have trailered too. For example, the way that MIT (7) keeps driving after 17:00 suggests that they might have trailered.
For the Cruiser situation, see my previous post. In other news, Bochum are spending the night in a gym, while Nuon are camping in the dust. For photos galore, see MostDece’s blog, and for video, see Twente’s (Dutch) report. The Coober Pedy weather forecast for tomorrow is for cloud clearing.
Below is the kind of chart I did in 2013 (as always, click to zoom). Data is taken from the official timing board, rather than from GPS. Here the distance is horizontal, and the vertical axis expresses time. Specifically, it expresses how many hours each car is behind a car driving at exactly 97.42 km/h. Why that speed? It’s the speed which would get a car into Adelaide at exactly closing time on Wednesday. None of the actual Challengers can quite manage that, of course, so they will all arrive later. The expected arrival times on Thursday and Friday can be estimated by extrapolating to the right-hand axis. This means that, for this chart, faster cars are at the bottom. It must be emphasised that the official timing board may contain errors – for example, Western Sydney (13) is recorded on the official timing board as arriving at Katherine at 05:43:55 hours into the race, while my GPS-based chart for Sunday shows it arriving much earlier.