Even bushfires interrupted the race through a lengthy road block as well as smoke clouds which obscured the sky. With their final ranking, the Solar Energy Racers outdid both the US university teams from Stanford and MIT. Their convincing performance not only won the Swiss team a price as the best first-time participants, their racing car was also awarded a third place in the Production Class category. This is the contest of vehicles constructed only from components freely available in the market. As a sponsor, NORD congratulates the racing team on their success in Australia.