Summary written by Ruth Jessop
The conditions today were windier and colder than on previous days.
An 84km task was set with a short leg north, then a long downwind leg using both sides of the valley.
It was a bit more stable than on previous days. The thermals were spaced far apart. But, working together in big groups, the pilots were efficient at finding thermals.
The pilots had views of stunning scenery, flying south over the patchwork of sunflower, corn and tobacco fields, whilst looking into the mountains on either side of the plain.
After the second turn point Baptiste pulled ahead, got high, scooped up all the lead out points and then was in a perfect position to dominate the lead gaggle and arrive in goal just ahead and with an unbeatable leadout point advantage.
In Baptiste’s own words, ‘Today I wanted to fly in control, but when a very good opportunity presented itself (I was 300m above the group at the second turn point) I couldn't resist, and I attacked. I got ahead but ended up low. With a lot of patience, I managed to get back up and joined the group in a good position and was able to finish in first place with a lead of eight seconds.’
Another great task, the fastest so far in the competition.
The first 97 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 points and lead out points.
Top 3 speed point winners – the fastest pilots round the course
02:08:54: Baptiste LAMBERT flying at an average speed of 35.2 km/h
02:09:02: Evan BOUCHIER
02:09:02: Jonas BöTTCHER
Top 3 leading point baggers – those who were in the lead the most
161.2: Baptiste LAMBERT
147.9: Martin LONG
147.9: Tim BOLLINGER
Top 3 in the task
1: Baptiste LAMBERT
2: Evan BOUCHIER
3: Charles CAZAUX
3: Martin JOVANOSKI
3: Jonas BöTTCHER
Best newcomer: Hiroaki KOBAYASHI (8)
Top 3 ladies in the task
1: Galen KIRKPATRICK
2: Constance METTETAL
3: Johanna HAMNE
Top 3 teams in the task
2: Gin Gliders
3: Fly Turkey
All the results are available here: https://live.pwca.org/scores