The Dutch Nuon Solar Team from the Delft University of Technology was the first through Kulgera today at 12:53pm, 20 minutes ahead of the Tokai University entrant, from Japan.
They were 1766km from Darwin on their sun powered way to Adelaide.
Late yesterday afternoon entrants made camp at Traeger Park in Alice Springs (pictured), doing some urgent repairs and soaking up the day’s last sunrays to top up their batteries.
Organisers say the 2011 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge attracted 100 plus registered media from around the globe.
Rain and bushfires made for some great photographs and challenging days for participating teams.
Coverage extended throughout the world with more than 1500 articles outside of Australia across broadcast and online publications.
Media coverage in Australia was also exceptional with the key high profile broadcast and print media all covering the event each day.