Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge

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2008 Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge

The Tasmanian Model Solar Championships of the Australian International Model Solar Vehicle Challenge 2008 were held at Newtown High School on Saturday November 8, 2008. On a typical rainy day with intermittent sunny patches all 12 car teams and boat teams competed well in their round robin elimination rounds. Teams came from as far a field as Launceston.

In conjunction with the Solar Car Race was the Solar Boat Race which won by Freya and Jamie Cox of Mount Nelson Primary School. An interesting air propeller boat by Joshua Ragg of Margate Primary School also gained first place in his class. A demonstration was given of a new category called Open Class Solar Car which was well received and will continue into the future as an event.

Previous National Champions Marc Iseli and Stefan Matusek who study Engineering at University of Tasmania are now running the event. Four teams with their cars were selected to represent Tasmania at the National Finals at the University of Tasmania on November 22 & 23.

The car finals were a close affair with five cars vying for selection. In a close final the Rose Bay team of Gavin Byrd, Zac Hardaker and Alex Barnett became the new State Champions with their car Francis 5000, defeated the Rose Bay High Team of Jimmi Campbell-Graham, Ethan Brown and Tim Donnelly , who also set the fastest lap of 18.7 sec with another Rose Bay Aaron Mason, Josh Andrews and Adam Rosen third. Fourth place went to the Queechy team of Zachary Van Ash, Jack Britton and Daniel Hodgson. Certificates and trophies were presented by Professor Chris Letchford Head of the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Tasmania.

Thanks to the major sponsors Hydro Tasmania and Engineers Australia Tasmania Division, and University of Tasmania for their sponsorship.