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The video coverage of a round in the 4way AAA/Open Class always concludes with the NMP-PCH Hayabusa performance, as the teams were set in a roughly expected ranking order.
The video of Round 6 features the Belgians from a different camera angle. Actually, the camera zooms in more than usual and tries to catch as much as possible of the facial expressions, the "game faces". It is fascinating to watch any skydiving competitor perform, and it is much easier when the faces are only a few feet away. Unfortunately, Hayabusa is moving so quickly that it is almost impossible to follow one of the team members with a close video shot...
The leaderboard after Round 7 does not only show how far away Hayabusa is from the rest of the field. It also shows how exciting the situation is right behind the leader. None of the next teams was able to win a round over the direct opponents more than twice, and the difference between 2nd and 4th place was three points.
It was also very interesting to follow the internal French competition between Gavroches and Volt'R, the French national team. The former 8way world champions have turned into real amateur competitors after retiring from the national teams, and they have put a lot of pressure on Volt'R.
|World Challenge 2014||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||27||29||28||36||32||36||25||-||-||-||213||30.4|
|3||Gavroches Maubeuge (FR)||23||25||24||33||31||31||20||-||-||-||187||26.7|
|6||Thunder ISR (BE)||20||24||21||30||27||27||21||-||-||-||170||24.3|
|7||Qatar Tigers (QA)||21||21||22||29||27||28||18||-||-||-||166||23.7|
Round 8 was the first time at the World Challenge 2014 that NMP-PCH Hayabusa lost a round. XL and Arizona Airspeed member Thomas Hughes probably noticed a weak Hayabusa spot with great interest. XL tied the Belgian 21-pointer in this round, and Volt'R won with a 22-pointer.
It was the first flaw on Hayabusa's account. All other teams combined were not able to tie or win a round until Round 7...