Here's a brief account of the days events: Round
4 is now over and the team positions are finalised. At the time
of writing it hasn't been confirmed to me (although Julie says its
so!), but I believe the team placings are unchanged from yesterday,
with the UK team hanging on to 4th place.
This is the best result we have ever achieved at an f3c world champs,
so hats off to the boys!
Round 4 was won by Hashimoto, with Curtis taking second place. Third
place was tied between Wayne Mann (USA) and Johann Hoenle (Germany).
The weather has been excellent, all day.
Mark Christy had a good round, placing 9th with a normalised score
of 931.34. This gave him a narrow victory over Scott Gray of Canada.
Scott and Mark have each taken 2 rounds off each other, but Scott
retains a higher position due to a better points difference - 8
in 2700!!! Mark will be in the fly-off, having taken 11th place
overall in the preliminary rounds. Well done Mark!
Mark Tilbury put in a good round, but missed being in the flyoff
by 21 points in 2500. His final placing is 17th (15 go through to
the fly-offs). Dave Wilshere put in a better round, but it has left
him languishing at 30th overall.
Top 15 after 4 rounds are:
1 Hashimoto (WC) 1000
2 Youngblood (USA) 996.45
3 Mann (USA) 985.73
4 Hoenle (Ger) 980.59
5 Sensui (Jap) 979.63
6 Kunii (Jap) 969.52
7 Feil (Ger) 957.73
8 Shilling (USA) 941.03
9 Kobayashi (Jap) 937.09
10 Gray, Scott (Can) 906.87
11 Christy (UK) 904.2
12 Lien (Taipei) 886.97
13 Roessner (Ger) 878.37
14 Kastiel (Isr) 871.01
15 Lombard (Fra) 863.83
Surprises are the relatively poor showing of the Japanese team,
so far, and the excellent performance of the German team! There
was no indication of THAT in Vienna last year!
Mark Tilbury is lying 17th with 856.83, and Dave Wilshere is 30th
There have been some requests for info on the French team. Laurent
Lombard has made it to the fly-off, though he is worried about lack
of experience at the "B" schedule! Pascal Brianchon is in 22nd place
with 847.18. Alain Leblay is in 38th place with 751.74.
The draw has been held for the fly-offs, and Mark Christy has drawn
the short straw - he is first away in the first round! A demo round
will be flown for the judges by Daniele Graber (16th). One round
will be flown on Thursday, and two more on Friday. After this the
contest will be over.
Aviv Levy (picture upper right) started flying helicopters after
watching the European Champs in Vienna last year. He said he wanted
to fly like Rudiger Feil (European Champ!) He has finished in 63rd
place (out of 74 pilots) with a score of 633.42. Not bad for someone
flying less than 1 year!
The Australian team, pictured middle right, features: Mike Reynell,
Miek Farnan & Rich Mailath.