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Did You Know...

... that Veloce QRF won the internal German showdown at the Weembinamic?

Germany's Airbus 8-way team at the FAI World Meet 2018
posted Dec 9th, 2018 - The Qatar Falcons were not the only national 8-way team at the Weembinamic 2018. Germany's Airbus 8-way lineup had competed at the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia, as well, and finished in 6th place with a 12.9 average.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open 21,L,B,G 22,18,17 19,7,O J,16,12 10,A,D,15 Q,M,F,C,N H,20,P,13 6,14,11 E,2,5 4,1,3 Total Avg
1 Golden Knights  US  24    21    18    24    19 -2 29    21    18 -1 17    33     224 22.4
2 Tanay  RU  21 -1 21    17    22 -1 20    28    16 -1 18    18    28 -1  209 20.9
3 Qatar Falcons  QA  19    16    15    18 -1 14 -1 21    16    14 -1 14    23 -1  170 17.0
4 MicroClim8  UK  17    15    12    14 -1 15    21    15    12 -2 13    18 -1 152 15.2
5 JYR8  AU  14 -1 14    13    17    11 -1 20    14    14    12    21    150 15.0
6 Airbus  DE  13    15    9 -2 15    11    16    12    12    10    16 -2 129 12.9
7 Brazil  BR  11    10    9    12    9    12    9    10    9    16     107 10.7
Qatar Falcons and Airbus 8-way at the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia
Veloce QRF at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2018
The preview of the Weembinamic 2018 on November 30th pointed out that the 8-way competition would feature an internal German showdown between the national 8-way team Airbus and the three German members (Petra Baerenfaenger, Henning Stumpp, Uwe Soppa) of the international Veloce QRF lineup.

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.

Weembinamic 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way P,12,6 C,10,3 K,G,B,22 L,A,8,4 M,G,O,18 H,D,N,11 7,2,E 17,J,21 16,5,13 F,9,19 Total Avg
1 Qatar Falcons QA 26 27 29 24 25 28 18 21 21 20 239 23.9
2 Weembi Girls FR 23 25 24 24 24 23 22 22 23 22 232 23.2
3 Veloce QRF 1 FR 23 22 24 20 23 23 17 15 22 18 207 20.7
4 Véloce Vair8maxxx FR 20 22 22 21 21 22 15 19 20 16 198 19.8
5 Airbus DE 18 17 18 18 21 20 17 14 20 17 180 18.0
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
7 After 8 FR 13 18 16 19 18 17 16 15 15 14 161 16.1
9 Hotchpotch BE 16 17 18 15 17 17 15 13 15 14 157 15.7
10 8 Way Otter FR 14 16 18 17 18 16 12 16 14 14 155 15.5
11 Witbiz FR 13 17 12 16 18 14 16 13 14 13 146 14.6
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
13 IN'huit FR 12 15 18 14 16 15 13 12 15 14 144 14.4
15 Le Grand Huit FR 13 12 15 14 12 13 9 12 14 11 125 12.5
16 Rojuhafacribensé FR 9 8 11 10 10 10 10 7 7 10 92 9.2
Veloce Vair8Maxxx and Airbus 8-way team at the Weembinamic 2018
German bench in Australia: Jens Goennemann - Thomas Spielvogel - Thomas Mack
Airbus and Veloce QRF staid away from each other in the elimination rounds and never had to face each other directly for a knock-out confrontation. Airbus managed to tie the QRF scores in one of the ten rounds, while Vair8maxxx made it much more difficult for QRF.

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...

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