Dutch team wins World Solar Challenge race in Australia

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Dutch Team Nuon Wins 2015 World Solar Challenge

ADELAIDE, Australia - Dutch racing team Nuon crossed the finish line first on Thursday to win the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and their sixth victory in the solar-powered car race.

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Nuon defeated their fellow Dutch team Twente, who came in second, followed by the Tokai University team from Japan. More than 40 teams from two dozen countries took part in the race from Darwin in the north of the country across Australia to the southern city of Adelaide.

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The 3,000 kilometer (1,864 mile) trek is one of the most prestigious solar car races. The biannual event first began in 1987 and is based on the original notion that a 1000 watt car would complete the trip from Darwin to Adelaide in 50 hours.

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The SunSPEC car from Singapore competes during the qualification lap for the 2015 World Solar Challenge at Hidden Valley race track in Darwin, Australia, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Beginning on Sunday, 45 Solar cars from 25 different countries will begin a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
KATHERINE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: The team from Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands prepare their car to continue racing in the Challenger Class at the first control point outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DUNMARRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Team members from the Tokai Challenger of Tokai University Japan prpeare their car to catch the last of the sun on the side of the highway after racing during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DUNMARRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team Belgium races between Katherine and Dunmarra in the Challenger Class during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
KATHERINE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Arctan of Stanford Solar Car Project USA racing in the Challenger Class pulls into the first control point outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Team members check the car Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands racing in the Challenger Class stops at the first control point outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Aurum of University of Michigan Solar Car Team USA crosses the Katherine river as it races in the Challenger Class during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 15: Bridgestone ambassador, Shane Jacobson poses in front of the #75 UNSW Solar Racing Team - Sunswift during the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge at Darwin International Airport on October 15, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for The World Solar Challenge)
COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Members from Red One of Solar Team Twente Netherlands catch the last of the sun to charge at the end of racing in the Challenger Class during day three of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 20, 2015 outside of Coober Pedy, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DUNMARRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) A team member sprays the solar panels on Aurum of University of Michigan Solar Car Team USA in the Dunmarra control stop after racing in the Challenger Class during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
The Tokai University car from Japan competes during the fourth day of the 2015 World Solar Challenge in Coober Pedy, Australia, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. 45 Solar cars from 25 different countries participate in a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
The Punch Powertrain Solar Team car from Belgium competes during the fourth day of the 2015 World Solar Challenge in Coober Pedy, Australia, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. 45 Solar cars from 25 different countries participate in a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Flies are seen at pre-dawn around the covered head of a member of the Arctan of Stanford Solar Car Project team USA before racing in the Challenger Class between Dunmarra and Elliott during day two of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 19, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
The Punch Powertrain Solar Team car from Belgium competes during the fourth day of the 2015 World Solar Challenge in Coober Pedy, Australia, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. 45 Solar cars from 25 different countries participate in a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
The Tokai University car from Japan competes during the qualification lap for the 2015 World Solar Challenge at Hidden Valley race track in Darwin, Australia, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Beginning on Sunday, 45 Solar cars from 25 different countries will begin a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
The Punch Powertrain Solar Team car from Belgium competes during the second day of the 2015 World Solar Challenge near Elliott, Australia, on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. 45 Solar cars from 25 different countries participate in a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Members of different solar racing teams pose with their cars after the qualification lap for the 2015 World Solar Challenge at Hidden Valley race track in Darwin, Australia, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Beginning on Sunday, 45 Solar cars from 25 different countries will begin a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: (EDITORS NOTE: A [graduated] color filter was used for this image.) Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands crosses the border from Northern Territory into South Australia as it races in the Challenger Class during day the of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 20, 2015 outside of Kulgerra, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: (EDITORS NOTE: A [graduated] color filter was used for this image.) Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team Belgium crosses the Charles River as it races in the Challenger Class as is nears Alice Springs during day the of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 20, 2015 outside of Alice Springs, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Members from Tokai Challenger of Tokai University Japan catch the last of the sun to charge at the end of racing in the Challenger Class during day three of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 20, 2015 outside of Coober Pedy, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
TENNANT CREEK, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team Belgium is seen as it races in the Challenger Class into Elliott during day two of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 19, 2015 in Elliott, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
KATHERINE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: A team member from Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands takes a reading as they prepare their car to continue racing in the Challenger Class at the first control point outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team Belgium races in the Challenger Class is seen during the first control point stop outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Team members lift and turn the car Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands racing in the Challenger Class during the first control point stop outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
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