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BRAZILIAN OLIVEIRA FIRST IN GOAL IN AUSTRIA AFTER THE LONGEST TASK; SECOND CROSSINGHAM AND THIRD GRICAR

BRAZILIAN OLIVEIRA FIRST IN GOAL IN AUSTRIA AFTER THE LONGEST TASK; SECOND CROSSINGHAM AND THIRD GRICAR

The day after the incredible task won by Italian Alex Ploner who done a really masterpiece, race direction decided to offer an amazing task, the longest in this World Championship (and maybe ever), of about 201km, with a final landing in Austria, for the first time in the most important hang gliding competition.
Before writing about the results of today, we must remember that only by the hard work made by organizers Flyve, Aec Lega Plioti, AeroClub Italia this has been possible: really thanks to them and everybody who has been involved.
The pilots took off today from a different mountain and we’re speaking about “Monte Crostis”, located in Valsecca, Ravascletto (UD), from high altitude of about 1900m.
Dan Vyhnalik (Czech Republic) together with Dutch Tanzer and American Zack Majors, were the first one to lead the race following different routes. Italian Selenati, after about 20’ of race, escaped at more than 90km/h, but Columbian Daniel Velez and Czech Peter Polach (who allowed to transmit live videos from him hang glider) closed the gap so soon. Selenati, who started to redeem yesterday, had unlikely to land out of goal after few chilometres.
At Emberg’s turn point, all arrived following the shortest way and the first one was Swiss Neuenschwander, with Japanese Nagusa, Velez, Smith, Polach and Italian Christian Ciech, second in the overall individual classification at 168 points from his compatriot Alex Ploner.
Another Japanese try to escaped, Minoru Kato, who flying by “dolphin style” (typical of gliders) arriving first at the third turn. Behind him Polach, Klemencic, Gricar, Ruhmer, Ploner and the young but resourceful Italian Manuel Revelli, who had unfortunately to land not so far. During the long way to the cylinder located near Sillian, Alta Val Pusteria’s town, group spreads out and also Neuenschwander followed another line than the leaders. Ciech, Ruhmer, Klemencic, Ploner, Oppici and German Gerd Doenhuber were the leaders at more than 90 km/h speed, closer to the mountain ridge. Neuenschwander with great intuition found a thermal, gaining more than 1000m of altitude and coming back to the front group at more than 105 km/h.
As happened to Revelli, in proximity of this turn point also strong Brazilian Glauco Pinto had to land and the same happened, as wrote above, to Selenati and Dutch Tanzer.
Meanwhile, for number lovers, Swedish Markel Neiderman with his Combat GT reached 4049m of altitude, probably the record into this World Hang Gliding Championship.
Pilots spreaded out into three groups, with more or less the same altitude; the right choice has been the one followed by Kato, Brazilian Oliveira, Englishman Grant Crossingham, German Woehrle and Gricar, French Pollet nad Alonzi and Italians Ploner and Oppici. At about 25km from the goal, just above Hermagor, before the final sprint Gricar, Oliveira and Crossingham stopped for a few time just to increase speed and altitude, climbing at more than 6 m/s; Minoru Kato and Pollet players of a really good task until that moment, lost the possibility to fight for the first positions and the Japanese even had to land out of goal at few chilometres from the landing field.
After more than four hours, Brazilian Eduardo Oliveira arrived for first in goal; second Grant Crossingham (United Kingdom) and third Primoz Gricar (Germany). The first Italian has been Alex Ploner (fifth), followed by Filippo Oppici (sixth).
In the team overall classification, after task 7 the difference between Italy and Brazil was of 1825 points: two tasks left, and we’ll live amazing days from now until the end (we remember that the rest day will be tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, keep in touch at our official FB page for updates).
This is the classification for the first ten pilots in goal; after all checks, it will be available at the website  https://airtribune.com/22nd-fai-world-hg-championship/results. We remind also that on our official FB page and at the official web site www.italy2019.com, we will publish the unofficial results of the task every evening and, every morning, the official overall one.
Please, have always a look to the official classification which will be published later, because changes will be possible according to leading points etc.
Due to the length of today’s task, we’ll be able to send you video highlights at most tomorrow, early morning. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.
  1. Eduardo Oliveira (BRA) 04.17.20
  2. Grant Crossingham (GBR) 04.20.14
  3. Primoz Gricar (GER) 04.21.41
  4. Peter Neuenschwander (SWI) 04.35.52
  5. Alessandro Ploner (ITA) 04.36.05
  6. Filippo Oppici (ITA) 04.36.16
  7. Manfred Ruhmer (AUT) 04.36.42
  8. Genki Tanaka (JPN) 04.36.57
  9. Mario Alonzi (FRA) 04.37.39
  10. Christian Ciech (ITA) 04.39.48

Fotogallery is available at official FB page.