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It was not only once again the next showdown between the French national teams in 4-way Open (Aerodyne Realfly) and 4-way Women (Aerodyne Weembi) that generated world class scores. Both national B-teams (Espoir Saumur Weembi - Espoir Weembi Lille) with their new lineups also finished with impressive scores.
It was the 7th time this year that both teams were facing each other, after three previous indoor and three outdoor meets. The 4-way Open Class team, with 4-way Women world champion of 2012 and 2014, Laurence Fugen, in the lineup, had won five of the six previous meets, and the 4-way Women team had the upper hand at the French Indoor Nationals 2018 on home turf at Weembi Lille.
French Nationals 2018
|2||Aerodyne Weembi Girls||22||29||25||21||21||21||17||29||24||26||235||23.5|
|3||Espoir Saumur Weembi||16||21||16||16||15||15||15||20||18||21||173||17.3|
|4||Espoir Weembi Lille||16||20||16||15||13||13||15||21||18||19||166||16.6|
|5||Odin Parachute System||14||18||14||16||8||14||11||18||19||15||147||14.7|
|6||Airbivores Annecy Pamiers||12||14||11||9||8||9||9||12||14||15||113||11.3|
|7||ExponenCiel ASPU Maubeuge||8||14||6||5||7||8||9||11||11||11||90||9.0|
Aerodyne Weembi still won a few indoor meets over the Open Class team while never getting really close at the outdoor meets. This changed when both teams had to jump from Pilatus Porter at the June meet of the Coupe de France and NMP PCH HayaBusa's Dennis Praet filled Pamela Lissajoux's slot in Maubeuge. Aerodyne Weembi won the 10-round meet by two points.
The 4-way Women team was back with the complete lineup for the national championship last week, and the French teams exited from a Cessna Caravan this time, which is the jump plane at the FAI World Meet later this year in Australia.
The latest duel in Vichy eventually generated the most dramatic battle in the teams' history together.
Both French national teams finished with the same total and average for the second time after last week's ten rounds in Vichy. However, this time they had their scoring numbers on the same French leaderboard, and the ten rounds included all the drama that a 4-way competition could generate.
The 4-way Women team won the first three rounds last week and were three points ahead after Round 4 at the end of the first meet day. They even added three more points to the lead in the next two rounds before the 4-way Open Class team woke up and won the last four rounds consecutively. Aerodyne Weembi was still one point ahead going into Round 10, and Aerodyne Realfly tied the total in the very last minute.
This time, both teams needed a tie-breaker, and the highest score of the meet was the winner. It was the 31-pointer in Round 8 that eventually separated the two teams, and Aerodyne Realfly fended off the challenge by the French 4-way Women team one more time...