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The sequence of Round 6 surely was the fastest one of the competition draw with five random formations (G-C-J-D-B). However, Norway's national team in the female category, Fortitudo, had not drawn not the fastest record sequence at all. Many experts did not really expect a score that would beat previous world records - official or unoffical ones.
Especially the beginning of the sequence, with the long Cataccord (G) and the following Murphy Flake (C), did not offer an easily flowing dive. In addition, the hardest part of the sequence came at the very beginning of the jump and made it a relatively slow start for all teams.
The Golden Knights and Perris Fury came the closest to the French 45-pointer with 43 points each and no penalties. Airspeed Odyssey scored clean 42 points, DeLand Groove had clean 40 points, Fastrax scored 39 after two point deductions.
The Russian team Black Cat was facing a special challenge in this fast round. Vasily Korotkov, Alexander Kvochur, Alexey Minaev, Evgeny Staschenko and Vadim Niyazov currently own IPC's official world record for a single round, together with another Russian team, Extreme.RU. Both teams scored their 44-pointers at the Malevsky Cup 2006 in Russia.
Black Cat and Extreme.RU will continue to hold the official world record since the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2008 was not officially sanctioned by the FAI/IPC. However, the French performance was most impressive and also initiated a very strong second half of the meet after reducing the Airspeed lead by three points in one round.
France Maubeuge's 45-pointer is actually not even an unofficial world record for a single round. DeLand Fire had already posted a 47-pointer in Round 4 of the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2006, including a 1-point deduction. The sequence of Round 4 in March 2006 (F-M-P-O-E) was probably the fastest one of the three mentioned competition jumps.
Three of the reigning 4-way world champions did not only have to watch France Maubeuge posting the 45-pointer while competing with DeLand Groove. The two world-class Canopy Pilots with the PD Factory Team (Shannon Pilcher, Ian Bobo) and the 4-way world champion of 2004 and 2006 (Gary Smith) also know that another team will take Excalibur away from DeLand in August this year.
The third round of the Skins Game was sponsored by Airtec, manufacturer of the Cypres. Perris Fury posted the third highest score of the round with a clean 43-pointer, won Round 6 after handicap and added $300 cash to the $200 of the Skins Game in Round 4.
All 27 teams in DeLand last weekend combined for 18 penalties in Round 6. UK team Satori suffered the most with a total loss of four points.