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Belgian Team Agoria wins solar race as Vattenfall's Nuna X destroyed in fire

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Belgian Team Agoria wins solar race as Vattenfall's Nuna X destroyed in fire

Belgian Team Agoria wins solar race as Vattenfall's Nuna X destroyed in fire

Dutch Vatenfall's solar team hit the lead early in the Thursday's leg only to catch fire and allow Belgium's Agoria to secure its first ever win in the race

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Belgian Team Agoria wins solar race as Vattenfall's Nuna X destroyed in fire

VIDEO SHOWS: VARIOUS OF VATTENFALL SOLAR TEAM'S NUNA X VEHICLE ON FIRE; BELGIAN SOLAR TEAM AGORIA MOVING THROUGH CITY TOWARDS FINISH LINE; SOUNDBITES FROM TEAM AGORIA DRIVER, BERT LONGIN RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT.

SHOWS: MAMBRAY CREEK, AUSTRALIA (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

VARIOUS OF VATTENFALL SOLAR TEAM'S NUNA X VEHICLE ON FIRE 2.

NUNA X TEAM MEMBERS HUGGING EACH OTHER 3.

VARIOUS OF VATTENFALL SOLAR TEAM'S NUNA X VEHICLE ON FIRE 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED NUNA X TEAM MEMBER, SAYING: "It feels, it feels not good at all.

With 16 people we have worked for 14 months, like 70 hours a week to build this car and now, yeah, we will not make it to the finish in Adelaide.

So it doesn't feel that good, no." 5.

VARIOUS OF FIREFIGHTERS PUTTING OUT BLAZE 6.

VARIOUS OF CHARRED REMAINS OF VEHICLE ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7.

BELGIAN SOLAR TEAM AGORIA, BLUE POINT VEHICLE MOVING THROUGH CITY TOWARDS FINISH LINE 8.

SPECTATOR SMILING 9.

BELGIAN SOLAR TEAM AGORIA MOVING OVER FINISH LINE AS PEOPLE CHEER AND TEAM MEMBER'S CARRY BELGIAN FLAG CHANTING "BLUE, WHITE, BLUE, WHITE" 10.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TEAM AGORIA BLUE POINT DRIVER, BERT LONGIN, SAYING: "To win this one, it's I think eight editions that they tried to win it.

They deserve it, it's a strong team, they work like hell, also the drivers, it was not easy for us.

You see, all the others, they were struggling.

It was a hard race, very high competition and I'm very happy for Belgium that we won this." 11.

AGORIA TEAM MEMBERS CHANTING AND BOUNCING MEMBER IN THE AIR STORY: Dutch Vatenfall's solar team Nuna X hit the lead early in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge on Thursday (October 17) only to catch fire and allow Belgium's Agoria to secure its first ever win in the race.

The precise cause of the fire is still being investigated, according to a statement from the Vattenfall Solar Team, who appeared visibly upset over the the unexpected loss.

After Nuna X had to pull over, Agoria's Blue Point vehicle raced into the lead and crossed the finish in a time of 34 hours, 52 minutes and 42 seconds.

One of Blue Point's drivers, Bert Longin said the team deserved it, adding: "It was a hard race, very high competition and I'm very happy for Belgium that we won this." Second across the line was Japan's Tokai team in Tokai Challenger and third, United States team Michigan in Electrum.

(Production: Stefica Nicol Bikes, Mark Ho)




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