DAy 10, Round 4 for F3C, Rounds 2,3,4 for F3NToday was the last day of the preliminaries for both eF3C and F3N. The morning was cold and overcast with wind, just what you don't want I n F3C Cliff flew first in really poor conditions and managed a very respectable 232.75.
Daniel flew next and, even in less than ideal conditions, scored a 243.00. He tried doing a couple of things in a different style and looks like the judges liked them.
Nick flew at 4:30. It was still windy but he changed style just a little and finally managed to bust the 250 mark with a 253.00 in not perfect conditions.
Ito flew in heavy wind but could only manage a 254.25. Both Graber and Pierre Gutierrez of France caught a break and had less wind and took advantage. Graber won the round with a 263.00 and Pierre had a 260.75. WOW! The French team is very strong this year including a junior Axel Mondet that finished in 9th place.
1 Graber Swiss
2. Ito Japan
3. Gutierrez France
4 Maxwell USA
5. Iso Japan
6. Roberts GBR
7. Rettenbacher Austria (a junior, great kid)
8. Poyet France
9. Mondet France
10. Hiatt USA
11. Duzzi Swiss
12. Dobashi Japan
13. Del Lungo Italy
14. Wachsmuth Ger
15. Kunii Japan
Mark Christie was 16th, Stefano Lucci was 17th and CLiff was 18th. the next Swiss [pilot was Marc Emmenegger at 22. As it stands it will be a dog fight for the podium. Right now it looks like Japan and France will fight it out for the top spot and Switzerland and the USA for 3rd.
In F3N, there were three rounds
IN Freestyle, Jamie was up first for the US and scored a 449, good but not his best as weather did not help him at all. Nick flew later and had a 476. Kenny Ko won the round with w 494,and Eric Weber had a 486.
IN round 3, set maneuvers, Jamie broke 4000 with a solid 4116.00. I think he was disappointed but he flew well. Nick put in a 4028.00, again solid but not his best. Kenny Ko won the round with w 4268.00 with Weber in second at 4250.00
Late in the afternoon was Round 4, freestyle to music. I missed Jamie's flight as Nick had an F3C flight at the same time but Julie, his caller, said it was great and he scored a 522.00. I had seen Nick practice his music flight but he was always using head phones so I had never seen it while hearing the music. It was amazing. The judges thought so too, scoring a 537.00. Kenny Ko won the round with a 541.5, Nick was second, Lucas Pescante was third with a 535, and Weber was 4th with a 534.
Results for F3N Preliminaries
1. KO TPE
2. Weber Ger
3. Pescante Italy
4. Maxwell USA
5. Robertson USA
6. Osbourne GBR
7. Baeumener Ger
8. Hansen Den
9. Hawtin GBR
10. Jakobsen Den
With a respectable third pilot, the USA would be right in the thick of the medal hunt and a spot on the podium but with only two, we have no shot. It looks to me like the GBR and German teams will flight it out for the top spot. Kenny Ko is right now the favorite to win but ANY of the top 6 can blister the finals and win.
Thursday is a practice day so we will head to the field and work all day. Finals start Friday.
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