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Task 1 results are posted, showing Manfred Ruhmer (AUT) in the lead by 120 points, ahead of Jacques Bott (FRA). Jacques took second place even though Steve Cox (SUI) arrived at goal ahead of Jacques, as Jacques gained more leading points. The task scored slightly less than 1000 points because the 181km course was under the 200km mark set as nominal distance for this event and nominal time is 3.5h, while Manfred completed this task in just under 3h! Seven competitors made goal today. The organisers have high expectations for longer tasks over the next few days. Let's see what tomorrow brings.
The first pilots arrived at goal. Manfred Ruhmer (AUT), as expected, came in first. He had been flying close to Jacques Bott (FRA) for virtually the whole flight, but clearly accelerated on the final straight. He said: “It was a very interesting flight. I’ve never been very good with instruments, and my GPS seemed to be telling me there was a problem with the start, so then it wouldn’t advance and I couldn’t fix it. So I stuck with Jacques and the others until it started working again!”
Jacques arrived at goal about the same time as Swiss pilot, Steve Cox. “There was some very smooth wave in the mountains,” he said. “Manfred and I rode the wave to 4200m, but the rate of climb declined and we could see others accelerating below, so we pulled out.”
Steve was very happy with today’s flight. “It’s been a tricky couple of days, and I bombed yesterday. I have had to get used to flying this machine again, as I haven’t flown it much in the last couple of years.”
The second Archaeopteryx into goal was Austrian, Franz Pacheiner. “It was a nice flight in good conditions, and most important, I had fun!” he said.
Now we wait for the provisional results of this first task of the 20th FAI World Championships.
The weather is looking similar to yesterday, so the task planned for today looks similar to yesterday's practice task. A 181km out and return from Aspres, south to Laragne-Chabre, east to Tromas, north to Morgon near lac Serre-Ponçon, and north east back to Aspres. Pilots are preparing now and expect to launch at midday. Today’s detailed and (mostly) accurate weather forecasts enable the optimum tasks for the day to be set with greater confidence.
All pilots are safely landed, with 7 in goal. Franz Pacheiner (AUT) arrived at the goal cylinder first on his Archaeopteryx, followed closely by Manfred Ruhmer (AUT) and Jacques Bott (FRA). The live tracking showed that Franz took a slightly different route to the two leading Swift pilots, which clearly paid off. Franz explained: “It was hard to start due to the conditions, but then it got very good. I saw the good clouds, I was high and so I took the direct route.” Local pilot, Jacques said: “It was a good task, and the weather conditions were as forecast. I arrived at the second turnpoint a little early, and it was still in shade. Half an hour later it was in sunshine and was working really well.”
The results will be out shortly, but of course, this is a Practice Task, so they don’t get counted!
All but one pilot launched within half an hour, and the thermals over Bane looked like they were working well. Unfortunately, one pilot, Guenther Tschurni’s Swift suffered a puncture in the rear wheel while waiting in the launch queue. With some help, he managed to repair it, and launched well within the launch window, but after the race had started. He made a short tour of the airfield area and landed again. Another pilot, Steve Cox from Switzerland, landed early. The remaining pilots are racing around the course, and will soon be on the last leg back to goal at Aspres. Check out the latest positions on the Live Tracking.