Airspeed Odyssey jumped from the right-hand door of the Pilatus Porter and showed clearly that exits and subterminal moves are no issue any longer. The US national team posted five sole highscores, tied the highscores in three rounds and lost only two rounds compared to all teams currently on the AAA Class leaderboard of 32 teams, incuding the teams that exited from other jump planes.
The Golden Knights and Perris Fury jumped from the Twinotter in Raeford, as all other teams. Only the two other national teams, Norway's female lineup Fortitudo and Danish Blaze, exited from the Pilatus Porter, as well.
Airspeed Odyssey opened the 10-round competition with a clear statement of the team's current relationship with the right-hand door. The 32-pointer was was not only the highscore for the round, it was three points higher compared to the next best teams on site, and including top contenders like Hayabusa Defence in Belgium and Arcteryx in Italy.
Perris Fury would have been two points closer without the video trouble right after the exit. Team videographer Niklas Daniel and his team did not get the two first formations with all grips on camera, and the judges could not score the Side Body and the following Satellite.
The NSL News had reported earlier that Thomas Hughes would fill the Center Inside slot for Perris Fury after Chris Farina's recent back injury. The KnightTrax 8-way member surely did not slow down the team. In fact, he challenged Christy Frikken, Josh Hall and Uli Steuwe with a new pace and pushed Fury to a new scoring level. Perris Fury ended up closer to Airspeed Odyssey than ever before.
Airspeed Odyssey won the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2008 over the original Perris Fury lineup by 15 points after Fury's six rounds in DeLand in March. 22 points separated the two teams after ten rounds at the World Challenge 2008 a few weeks later. Last weekend, Fury ended up nine points behind Airspeed in the outdoor competition and two points at the end of the tunnel meet. There is no doubt that last weekend's team experience with Thomas Hughes will boost the Fury confidence. Chris Farina will feel some pressure at the time of his comeback...
Airspeed Odyssey and Perris Fury both received a total of five point deductions over the ten rounds in Raeford. Round 1 also brought 1-point deductions to Mass Defiance and Teiwaz. Enjoy the first round of meet videos from Raeford.