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The French team took the 3rd place from SportLoto in Round 2 and protected it successfully to the end. It was a lot of work, and the French 8way world champions barely saved a 1-point advantage over the finish line. Mostly the penalties that XP4 (4) and XL (8) collected allowed Gavroches Maubeuge to place 3rd and win the £2,000 cash.
XP4 and XL both completed 273 points in the total working time for ten rounds. The penalties brought both teams down and below the clean 270 points of the French team. Gavroches Maubeuge (6) still scored higher or tied the best numbers per round more often than XP4 (5) and XL (4).
|World Challenge 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Rank||AAA Open Class||O,E,J,K,3||M,Q,A,14||4,6,16||8,18,N||H,19,12||2,7,13||11,C,P,9||15,D,10||L,F,17,G||20,1,22||Total||Avg|
|3||Gavroches Maubeuge (FR)||34||35||23||22||24||22||33||24||34||19||270(0)||27.0|
|4||Paraclete XP4 (US)||34(-1)||34||23||22(-1)||22||23||31||22(-2)||38||20||269(4)||26.9|
Kirk Verner, as an original Arizona Airspeed member and 2-time world champion in 4way, John D'Annunzio and reigning 8way world champion Brian "BK" Krause have done a lot of 4way in their lives. However, they were recently more engaged in 8way training and competition, just as the French Gavroches Maubeuge members have 8way as their main event. In fact, all four XP4 members only competed together in 8way at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2013, while Gavroches also attended the Aerokart Indoor Championship 2013.
Kirk Verner (Center Inside) and John D'Annunzio (Point) were in their familiar slots in Bedford, while Josh Hall (Center Outside) and Brian Krause (Tail) had new ones. Josh Hall is trained in the Center Outside slot, which is part of the front piece, and he flew it as the Point for Airspeed together with Thomas Hughes. Golden Knights 8way world champion Brian Krause had to do a lot of homework before the trip to Bedford, as he used to be the Point for the Golden Knights 4way team.
Kirk Verner, John D'Annunzio, Andy Honigbaum and John Eagle finished in 8th place with a 26.4 average at the World Challenge 2010. The meets in 2011 and 2012 took place without a Paraclete lineup, and this year's 26.9 average is the new record for a Paraclete lineup. It was not boosted by a Super Sequence, which was the case in 2008 - 2010.
The impressive performance in Bedford raises the question where XP4 stands compared to Arizona Airspeed this year. XP4 left SDC Rhythm XP 23 points behind (26.9 - 24.6) in Bedford while Airspeed outscored Rhythm by 33 points at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2013. The NSL News audience may crunch the numbers...