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The AAA Class competition featured a very exciting battle between two internationally up and coming 4-way teams. In fact, Pro Team and HF Flying Circus have already represented their countries as national teams, the team from Finland for over a decade.
Flying Circus eventually left behind the previous Czech national 4-way team, HF Bad Boys, while the Pro Team has always been the strongest 4-way team in Finland whenever they were active. The new and youngest team member Kalle Pohjola, Kimmo Pohjola's son, has apparently injected new energy and motivation into the Finnish team from Rovaniemi at the Arctic Circle.
The Czech father and son, Jan and Jakub Klapka, have been opponents instead, which has been just as stimulating for HF Flying Circus and HF Bad Boys. They were once again twice on the same leaderboards in January, and son Jakub Klapka won both meets with his team. Father Jan Klapka said that he is very proud of his son's progression.
World Tunnel League January 2019
|2||HF Flying Circus||CZ||34||21||23||25||39||19||21||22||21||21||246||24.6|
|3||HF Bad Boys||CZ||31||21||22||23||33||19||21||19||19||19||227||22.7|
|6||Skydive University Slovakia||SK||24||17||20||19||27||15||16||16||16||18||188||18.8|
The duel of the two best teams in their respective countries was the highlight of the combined January leaderboard.
It will not be too long until the same two teams will face each other directly. The NSL News had reported earlier that HF Flying Circus had the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019 at Weembi Lille on their 2019 meet schedule.
Father Jan Klapka will also travel to France to lead the Czech delegation and guide the HF Junior Cubs to their next set of FAI medals.
The latest news from Finland confirmed that the Pro Team will compete at Weembi, as well, and both teams will probably be just as close to each other as they were on the WTL January leaderboard. They will have another opportunity to challenge each other indirectly in March, when both leagues have scheduled WTL meets. The World Challenge 2019 is also taking place before the FAI Indoor World Meet, and both teams have visited Bedford several times.
FAI Indoor World Meet 2017
|1||NMP PCH HayaBusa||BE||30||29||25||30||47||33||34||34||37||28||327||32.7|
|2||Weembi High Rollers||FR||30||29||26||30||41||35||32||32||37||28||320||32.0|
|11||HF Bad Boys||CZ||21||20||17||20||32||21||22||21||23||22||219||21.9|
|12||China 4-way Gold||CN||19||18||16||18||26||22||19||18||22||20||198||19.8|
Finland did not have a team at the last FAI Indoor World Meet in Montreal 2017, while the HF Bad Boys finished in 11th place for the Czech Republic. Pro Team and HF Flying Circus both could push a few other teams behind the Top 10 benchmark.
On the other hand, the Swiss team Airheads is making a very strong push upward towards the world's Top 10, and Germany is on the same track with the new Airforce indoor team. In fact, Airheads (28.2) and Airforce (25.6) both have posted higher indoor averages last year than Pro Team and HF Flying Circus last week.
Then there is also China with a very strong 4-way team that posted a 24.7 average at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2017 in Bahrain. Pro Team and HF Flying Circus have to keep pushing each other to be ready for the Top 10 battle at Weembi in April...