According to the information from the WSC site, Team Sinag started the race at 35th (Challenger and Adventure Class combined)position on Oct.21, 2007 at 8:34 AM.
Sinag has passed the Katherine Control Stop (1st control stop)at 4:12 PM is at 21st position based on the control stop reports in Katherine and Dunmarra.
From WSC, "For many the 316 km between Darwin and the Katharine Control Stop are the hardest in the whole event. The leaders are usually through Katherine by lunchtime on day 1, while others don't make it!"
As of latest report from WSC blogs, at least 3 teams have already encountered major or minor accidents (one of which is among the lead teams).
For more information on media releases by WSC, go to http://wsc.org.au/Media.Centre/Releases/index.html
For the route maps and control stop go to
Godspeed Team Sinag.
Dennis Beng Hui-DLSU Manila (Comm Team)
Team Sinag has made a name on the Australian airwaves when it guested today at Radio Larrakia 94.5FM in Darwin, Australia. Three members of the team, namely Prof. Rene Fernandez, Prince Ang and Kaiser Fernandez, were interviewed by Filipino anchor Judith Ventic in her weekly program "Radyo Filipino," aired over different towns and cities across the Northern Territory.
"We are happy to inform the entire Filipino community here in Australia that the Philippines is very much ready for the 20th World Solar Challenge," said Prof. Fernandez.
Asked about the country's chances in winning the race, Kaiser told radio listeners that it is not all about winning for the Philippine Team. "Passing the scrutineering tomorrow and making it into the race from Darwin to Adelaide are the goals that we have right now," he said.
The team was also given the opportunity to invite members of the Filipino community in Darwin to witness and show their support at the opening of the race on Sunday, October 21 at the Parliament House area near the Esplanade.
"We all hope for your support by waving the Philippine flag on Sunday. We hope to see you there!," Prince Ang said.
Originally posted by SINAG@WSC @ 5:50 AM (THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2007)