Summary written by Ruth Jessop
With a much more promising weather forecast today an 84 km task up and down the Disentis valley was set.
The wait for the start gate to open gave fantastic views of sharp mountains and snowy, glacial terrain.
The race northeast to Flims was fast and furious. Luc Armant and Julien Wirtz took an early lead which they kept almost to End of Speed. The following gaggle overtook them 1km from ESS when they hit tricky conditions and their route shaded over forcing them to stop for a climb.
Jan Jares, on the other side of the valley, used a cloud to climb out and fly straight to ESS, crossing the virtual line with a convincing lead of 1 minute and 28 seconds.
The constantly changing wind direction in the goal field made it look as if nobody would make it, so helmets off to the 83 pilots who made the tricky final part of the race as the waiting crowd and paparazzi held their breath.
The first 83 pilots made goal, and thus all flew the same distance, and gained the same distance points. Today’s winner is therefore the one with a combination of the best speed/time points and lead out points.
Top 3 speed point winners – the fastest pilots round the course:
02:07:11 Jan JARES flying at an average of 38.4 km/h
02:08:39 Pierre REMY
02:08:59 Aaron DUROGATI
Top 3 leading point baggers – those who were in the lead the most:
161.4 Luc ARMANT
156.8 Julien WIRTZ
148.0 Pierre REMY
Top 3 overall
1st Luc ARMANT
2nd Jan JARES
3rd Pierre REMY
Top 3 ladies
1st Seiko FUKUOKA NAVILLE
2nd Meryl DELFERRIERE
3rd Nanda WALLISER
Top 3 teams
3rd Gin Gliders
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