Thursday, September 15, 2011

Audi MedCup Title Up For Grabs In Barca

The race for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit 52 Series title is on and it's wide open after just one race was competed in Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
In the light breezes off Barcelona today the Spanish crew on Bribon made a remarkable recovery to come from behind to claim a second place behind winners Container.

Quantum Racing had a shocker finishing seventh among the eight boat fleet.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Bribon who finished third in Cagliari and won in Cartagena, have taken the bull by the horns and if they can maintain momentum are in with a good chance of wining this regatta in what is looking like  a four cornered fight. In the 2011 Series Pointscore less than 13 points separate Quantum Racing from the feisty fourth placed Italians of Audi Azzurra  and with only four races left in the season the American team, who won the overall title in 2008, have a seven point advantage over Bribon.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
While Container started best today and used the added wind pressure on the left side of the course to their advantage, it was  Gladiator that lead around the windward mark. Container snared the lead on the first run by reading the fluky wind pressure better while Gladiator chose to gybe set to the left of the run. Bribon came off the start line second best after challenging for the pin end of the line and found themselves with a struggling. Good boat speed in the light, 6-8 knot conditions allowed them to tick off boats and go from sixth at the first turn to chasing Container across the finish line.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
The ascent of Bribon, the 52 Series fleet’s oldest design over  the second half of this season has been steady. They were sixth in the Circuit standings after each of the first two events, fifth after Cagliari, fourth after their win in Cartagena and currently lie second in the season standings after having made up 31.5 points on Quantum Racing over the last 18 races.

Bribon’s trimmer and project manager Ignacio Triay (ESP) said that with two days to go the season title race starts again here.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“It feels like the season starts here, it starts today. Everything could happen in the next two days, everything,” said Triay. “ I tell you I would never have expected this. We were pretty convinced that the podium of the Audi MedCup would be a fight between Quantum, Audi Azzurra and Container and we were pretty convinced that the fight for fourth place would be between us, RAN and Synergy.”
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“In Cartagena we had the feeling that, hey, maybe we should go for more. Suddenly we found ourselves closing to the podium, so we said maybe we should try. Here three things have happened: today or tomorrow the conditions could change but so far the conditions for Bribon have been not bad. We've had more constant three days and our most direct opponents are doing worse than any other event before, so all together I was looking at the numbers and probably after two days in Cascais it was closer than it is now. It is not going to be for anyone with a weak heart. Anything can happen.
Quantum is still far ahead, we have Azzurra and Container very close to us,” he said

The 52 Series are scheduled to sail four more windward leeward races, effectively losing their coastal race as just one race was completed today. 

Lulu Roseman

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