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The NSL News had introduced the team at the beginning of the 2018 outdoor season on May 14th. Bad luck required a change in the lineup shortly before the world meet when the most experienced competitor in the team, Thomas Spielvogel, had to sit on the bench due to an injury. Airbus 4-way member Thomas Mack stepped in and filled the 8-way slot in Australia.
Thomas Spielvogel was back in the lineup at the Weembinamic, while the 8th slot was still open for the first indoor competition of the German 8-way team. Neither Max Thiele nor Olaf Biedermann, who had shared the 8th slot throughout the 2018 season, were available for the meet in Lille, France.
However, there was a convenient solution, as Italian coach Marco Arrigo would be at the Weembinamic. He competed with his 4-way team Tenanine and is one of the Veloce QRF player coaches, as well. This time he did not join any of the four Veloce QRF lineups and filled the open Airbus slot instead for the team's first indoor competition.
FAI World Meet 2018
Martial Ferre's signature lineup is a well trained indoor team, and the three Germans have been in the lineup together since February 2017 when they competed at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship after a few days of 8-way indoor training in Raeford.
Petra Baerenfaenger, Henning Stumpp and Uwe Soppa have not missed any of the team's six indoor competitions since the Paraclete XP championship, and the Airbus members knew from their own training results and the previous Veloce QRF numbers that they would not be able to keep up with the international high-profile QRF lineup.
Veloce QRF actually had to fend off another team of the Veloce 8-way project, Véloce Vair8maxxx, where Martial Ferre was a player coach, as well. Damien Sorlin, his original Veloce 8-way partner and former world champion, joined him again in the Vair8maxxx lineup.
|3||Veloce QRF 1||FR||23||22||24||20||23||23||17||15||22||18||207||20.7|
|6||Veloce QRF 2||FR||16||18||18||18||18||19||15||15||17||16||170||17.0|
|7||Les French Tuktuk||FR||17||15||17||15||17||19||15||16||15||15||161||16.1|
|10||8 Way Otter||FR||14||16||18||17||18||16||12||16||14||14||155||15.5|
|12||Veloce QRF 4||FR||14||14||13||15||17||13||14||14||17||14||145||14.5|
|13||Veloce QRF 3||FR||12||17||15||17||18||15||14||12||12||12||144||14.4|
|15||Le Grand Huit||FR||13||12||15||14||12||13||9||12||14||11||125||12.5|
The two French 8-way teams eventually had their own duel for the 3rd place in the finals (Rounds 9 and 10). Veloce QRF won by four points (40 - 36) and took the bronze medal position, which was also the 3rd place on the traditional 10-round leaderboard.
Airbus has made plans for the 2019 season in the meantime. The seven team members who competed at the Weembinamic will be back next year. Max Thiele left the team, while Olaf Biedermann will be available once again for his half slot. This time he will share it with Thomas Mack, who ended up in the 8-way lineup by coincidence in Australia.
Thomas Spielvogel and Australia substitute Thomas Mack have not done any 8-way training or competition together yet, and it will probably happen very soon. Petra Baerenfaenger, Henning Stumpp and Uwe Soppa will probably show up again at one of the next 8-way indoor competitions...