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Paratec-Saar was not really a part of this interesting topic last year, after the German national teams, first EADS and then Paratec-Saar, could always be found on the top level of the unofficial amateur 4way competition in previous years.
The 2012 season was dominated by SportLoto from Russia and by the team that has deserved and confirmed the top position over several years by now: Thunder with its international lineup of two Dutchmen (Paul Hofstee, Jacco van Eerden) and two Belgians (Sven Ibens, Wesley Claessens), plus Belgian team videographer Grim Swinnen.
|ESL Championship 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Total||Avg|
|Tomscat Trophy 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Paraclete XP Outdoor 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|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|
|Aerokart Indoor 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
NSL-TV now follows up with the latest Thunder videos of the ESL Championship 2013. Thunder finished with a 21.6 average, which is once again higher than any other "amateur" team has shown this year.
SportLoto has not been training and competing this year, and the best US "amateur" team finished with a 19.3 average (Arizona Prime) at the USPA Nationals 2013. Carolina Turbo XP posted a 19.7 average but does not really fall under the unofficial "amateur" status any longer.
|ESL Championship 2013||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8||Total||Avg|
|5||Cool Runnings (NL)||10||12||13||14||10||11||9||9||88||11.0|
The limited time of "amateur" team members for training and competition makes it naturally much more difficult to get to the highest performance level, and the resources have to be used very wisely. The question is how far and up Thunder will be able to raise the amateur bar.
Thunder seems to have become comfortable with the 21+ average level. The next benchmark would be the 22+ level, which brings the team probably quite close to the 20-pointer club. There are always new goals to be set and benchmarks to be broken in Formation Skydiving competition. Thunder has not announced plans for the 2014 season yet...