Friday, after few rain showers, we have been able to complete 5 rounds in very changing conditions, especially in round 3 and 5, interrupted in the middle by rain, before to restart after a 20 minutes break. I payed cash these 2 interruptions as I was the next pilot to fly, and each time got very little wind compared to the first half. At round five, I was even ready to start under few rain drops but the CD decided to stop at that moment, too bad for me !
This cuts the pilots in 2 groups: the one who flew before the rain with time between 41 to 50s, and the second group flying after the rain with time between 55 to 75s. You can easily imagine the impact on 5 rounds ranking, even with one discard !
On saturday, the low and variable wind didn't allow to do additional rounds, so people enjoyed the slope with free flying with foamies, HLG and electrogliders.
The low number of rounds and rounds interruptions explain partially the ranking with good pilots finishing far from the top positions with very low points for Eurotour classification. Despite this cruel aspect of F3F, the pilots on the podium clearly deserve their position: Andreas flew very consistently all 5 rounds with his Alliaj HM, followed by Gerardo with his Freestyler and Andoni at the 3rd place.
On the organisation side, I noticed great improvements compared to previous years: First of all, the timing system worked flawlessly . No more voice in the mother tongue of the pilot, but very clear beeps during the count down or the last lap, etc ...
Round results were displayed very quickly after the end of the round. Other noticeable improvement is the organizer determination to fly the most possible: the course was ready at 9am when we arrived, and they were ready to fly late on saturday if condition permitted it, this is great !
Even if this is my worse result at La Muela Open, I will definitively come back because of the place, the people, and the food !!!
A big thanks to the organisers, including the bases judges who stayed all week end to beep us, and not forgotting the sponsors (MKS, Graupner and some others) who were very generous with us.
See you in 2012.
Below is my photo album. More to come with videos, aerial pictures and aerial video. Stay tuned !
More pictures here: http://www.henryf3f.com/foro/index.php?topic=730.0
and here: http://kevin-newton.blogspot.com/
official website here: http://www.lamuelaf3f.com/
|Results Summary - La muela 2011|
|Overall Results||Nº rounds flown 5|
|1||FRICKE ANDREAS ||3785,17|
|2||GERARDO PLAZA LOZANO||3610,65|
|4||SERGIO SANCHEZ CONDE||3544,31|
|12||JESUS HERRERA BORREGO||3433,35|
|13||MIGUEL A. GUTIERREZ LECUE||3428,27|
|17||JOSE JURADO PEREZ||3359,73|
|19||JORGE MEDINA HERRERO||3307,05|
|20||ALBERTO PORTELLA DOBLADO||3298,78|
|22||DANIEL PORTELLA DOBLADO||3280,66|
|23||ANGEL LOPEZ CABRERA||3273,22|
|26||JORGE RUGERO GOMAR||3251,31|
|27||TOMAS EKLUND NORRBY||3201,91|
|28||IÑAKI ELIZONDO CASADO||3200,29|
|29||ANDRÃ©S CARDONA VIDAL||3184,80|
|30||JOSE MANUEL QUINTAS VIDE||3169,46|
|37||IGNACIO JOSE TROJAOLA ALVAREZ||2993,39|
|39||JOAO MIGUEL MESTRE||2981,98|
|40||ALFREDO ARJONA GARCIA||2979,99|
|41||JUAN PEÑA MARTINEZ||2937,32|
|43||IÑIGO HERRERA MILLAN||2931,83|
|44||JOSE LUIS ALVAREZ FERNANDEZ||2918,17|
|46||JOSE RAMON AZCONA CARRASCO||2910,71|
|47||JUAN CARLOS NOVOA FERNANDEZ||2843,60|
|48||LAZARO MARTINEZ NIETO||2808,70|
|49||LORENZO MAYOR DAVILA||2751,05|
|50||RICARDO CALVO ROJO||2478,58|