Monday, April 25, 2011

La Muela F3F 2011 Eurotour

I'm just coming back from a week in Spain, with some tourism in Valencia (very nice city), and ended by the F3F open of La Muela. Despite we were end of April, expecting good temperature and sunshine, weather forecasts were not encouraging at all, since a depression was centered on Madrid, with rain and low wind and temperatures as concequences.
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 ResultsNº rounds flown 5


Discardrs 1
RankCompetitorScore
1FRICKE ANDREAS
3785,17
2GERARDO PLAZA LOZANO3610,65
3ANDONI GORRINOBEASKOA3567,69
4SERGIO SANCHEZ CONDE3544,31
5PERICOU SEBASTIEN3531,47
6LANES PHILIPPE3517,75
7ESPEN TORP3482,71
8LOMBARDO LAURENT3479,48
9MARECHAL ALEXIS3475,04
10TIRAND YVES3469,98
11ALVARO SILGADO3455,63
12JESUS HERRERA BORREGO3433,35
13MIGUEL A. GUTIERREZ LECUE3428,27
14LEMONNIER THIERRY3411,47
15BLUMER RETO3400,75
16RONDEL PIERRE
3390,15
17JOSE JURADO PEREZ3359,73
18MICHAEL EVANS3337,48
19JORGE MEDINA HERRERO3307,05
20ALBERTO PORTELLA DOBLADO3298,78
21MANUEL CRUZ3289,63
22DANIEL PORTELLA DOBLADO3280,66
23ANGEL LOPEZ CABRERA3273,22
24COHEN ALLAN3267,44
25LANES SEBASTIEN3263,25
26JORGE RUGERO GOMAR3251,31
27TOMAS EKLUND NORRBY3201,91
28IÑAKI ELIZONDO CASADO3200,29
29ANDRéS CARDONA VIDAL3184,80
30JOSE MANUEL QUINTAS VIDE3169,46
31KEVIN NEWTON3160,07
32ETCHART MICHEL3158,83
33MICHAEL SHELLIM3119,81
34FERNANDO MORO3092,76
35JAVIER PORTELLA3092,38
36CARLES AYMAT3080,53
37IGNACIO JOSE TROJAOLA ALVAREZ2993,39
38BERTSCHI STEFAN2989,97
39JOAO MIGUEL MESTRE2981,98
40ALFREDO ARJONA GARCIA2979,99
41JUAN PEÑA MARTINEZ2937,32
42GIRAUD STEPHANE2934,10
43IÑIGO HERRERA MILLAN2931,83
44JOSE LUIS ALVAREZ FERNANDEZ2918,17
45VICTOR ELDRIDGE2915,09
46JOSE RAMON AZCONA CARRASCO2910,71
47JUAN CARLOS NOVOA FERNANDEZ2843,60
48LAZARO MARTINEZ NIETO2808,70
49LORENZO MAYOR DAVILA2751,05
50RICARDO CALVO ROJO2478,58

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