Sasol Day 7 / iESC begins

Day 7 of the Sasol Solar Challenge took the solar cars along the coast from Jeffreys Bay to Riversdale via Knysna and (optionally) Buffelsbaai. The Dutch and the Belgians are still-neck-and-neck, with the Dutch ahead by the tiniest whisker (10.1 km). Nail-biting stuff!

Follow the Dutch at, the Belgians at, and see my annotated list of teams for team social media links. The official race social media is at      

Meanwhile, scrutineering is beginning in Belgium for the massive fleet of cars in the iLumen European Solar Challenge (see my annotated list of iESC teams). I count 4 teams from the Netherlands (6 cars), 2 teams from Germany (3 cars), 2 teams from Turkey, 2 teams from the UK, and 1 team each from Belgium, Colombia, Italy, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. That’s 19 cars in total (10 Challengers and 9 Cruisers).

The 24-hour track race will start at 13:00 on the 17th, continuing until 13:00 on the 18th. For fans at home interested in the weather, check the forecast. It looks like it will be rather wet, sadly. At the top of this page is a webcam nearby, looking west, towards the Zolder racetrack. This webcam is at the track itself (with a view of the “Kleine Chicane,” looking roughly north from just about the centre of the track). See the race social media at      


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