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The same article mentioned that not much changed on the top level of German 4-way competition, where Airbus FSZ Saar and AtomiX-YUU have been distancing themselves from the rest of the field of 4-way teams in the past years. However, this duel always offers exciting competition and enough drama to catch regular attention by the NSL News.
The Airbus-AtomiX duel in Germany began when AtomiX was formed in 2013 and began the uphill travel towards the German top level that different Airbus teams and members have been representing for many years. The chart with the scores of both teams at the same events since 2013 is showing how the challenger has been getting closer year by year and became a serious opponent in 2017.
However, the last direct confrontation at the German Indoor Nationals did not change the scoring relationship between both teams, as the NSL News mentioned briefly, even though the difference of the total number of points was higher compared to the last meet that both teams attended, the German Outdoor Nationals 2017.
German Indoor Nationals 2018
|1||AIRBUS FSZ SAAR||31||19||20||26||24||20||33||27||18||22||240||24.0|
German Outdoor Nationals 2017
|1||Airbus FSZ Saar||19||16||20||22||20||17||17||15||18||20||184||18.4|
|2||AtomiX YUU Skydive||18||15||18||22||18||16||17||15||18||19||176||17.6|
FAI World Cup 2017
Thomas Mack and Goeran Meyer joined forces with two German 4-way champions of 2013, Markus Bastuck and Joern Thiele, while Andreas Troegele continued on camera for Airbus.
Mark Zimmermann joined original AtomiX members Andrea Kleinschmidt, Peter Ingenhaag, Holger Sass and Lars Naeve (camera) at the same time.
The distance first increased at the FAI World Cup 2017 in Saarlouis, as Mark Zimmermann came from a significantly lower scoring level, while the new Airbus members stepped in for their new team as highly experienced German top performers on their home turf.
However, the 2017 situation was already completely different just three weeks later at the German national championships, where AtomiX reduced the distance like never before, benefiting from a weaker performance of the German national 4-way team, who still qualified for the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia.
German Indoor Nationals 2018
|1||AIRBUS FSZ SAAR||31||19||20||26||24||20||-1||33||27||-3||18||-1||22||-1||240||24.0|
|4||Chilly Pink Tigers||22||14||14||21||19||11||22||24||15||18||180||18.0|
|5||4 xmpl FSZ Kassel||16||10||12||11||16||13||21||19||11||13||142||14.2|
Airbus had attended one indoor competition, the Belgian Indoor Nationals 2017, before competing at the first German national indoor championship, while AtomiX posted the team's first indoor scores in Bottrop after three hours of wind tunnel training. AtomiX had the complete lineup available only late this year, as one team member had to leave the country earlier for work reasons.
Both teams will focus on outdoor competition for the remainder of the 2018 season. First they will both prepare for the national championships, where AtomiX will try again to take the top position in Germany. Then they will go different directions, as only one national 4-way team represents each country at the FAI World Championship.
Airbus will compete for Germany in Australia, while AtomiX plans to collect scoring points for the German 4-way delegation at the annual ESL Championship, which will be hosted once again on Airbus home turf in Saarlouis. AtomiX is the defending ESL AAA Class champion.