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Did You Know...

... that the AAA Class field for the World Challenge keeps growing in size and quality?

Weembi Legion with Aurelien Lemaire (left) at the Belgian Indoor Nationals 2018
posted Mar 16th, 2019 - The AAA Class field for the World Challenge 2019 keeps shaping up, and the new NSL Power Rankings provide the usual overview at this point in time.

The number of AAA Class teams has almost arrived at last year's number (30 - 35), and there are still three weeks left to sign up for the biggest 4-way competition in the world, which is also a perfect warm-up event for national indoor 4-way teams who will compete for their countries at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2019.

All Top 10 teams of last year's World Challenge will be back in Bedford, with one exception. Weembi High Rollers offer the 2nd place to another team, and they will take on NMP PCH HayaBusa and Arizona Airspeed shortly after the World Challenge at the FAI event in Lille.

However, Weembi Lille co-owner and world meet host Julien Degen will still visit Bedford and compete with a new lineup of Weembi Legion, called the Weembi Unicorns this time. Alessandra De Rango, Clementine Le Bohec and Weembi High Roller Julien Degen competed together for Weembi Legion at three meets last year. This time it is Amnesya member Michele Silvi who is taking the 4th slot for Weembi Unicorns. Clementine Le Bohec (Weembi Nephtys), Julien Degen (Weembi High Rollers) and Michele Silvi (Amnesya) will then compete for their own teams at the indoor world meet.

World Challenge 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class Power Rankings TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Arizona Airspeed US - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 SDC Rhythm XP US - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Qatar Tigers QA - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 IFS-Moscow RU - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Weembi Unicorns FR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Airheads CH - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ISR FireFlash BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ACM Weembi UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Odin Parachute Systems FR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Gavroche Weembi FR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Chimera UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 NFTO UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Russian Thunder RU - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Tenanine MR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 FlySpot Sky4Four PL - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Jazz Republic ZA - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Eros UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Ayro BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Aladeen HU - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Alakran ES - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Blackjack FI - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Stardust BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 Tempo FI - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 Pajama Pumas UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
26 FlyPonots FR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
27 Koloncok HU - - - - - - - - - - - - -
28 Falco BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
29 Draconis UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 Nova CH - - - - - - - - - - - - -
New registrations for the World Challenge 2019 in yellow
Gavroche Weembi with Clement Martin Saint Leon (right) at the World Challenge 2017
Weembi Legion/Unicorns have not competed yet at a World Challenge, and the strong lineup can be expected to place within the Top 10 at the first visit. The French/Italian combination will probably outscore the three other French teams in the AAA Class field. Two teams from Italy are registered for the AA Class competition, one for the Rookie Class.

Odin Parachute Systems and Gavroche Weembi just posted their latest scores at the French Indoor Nationals, where Odin won the silver medals with another impressive performance. Jérémie Rollett, Bruno Périn and Thomas Perrin-Gachadoat have not registered their 4th member yet.

Original team member and multiple 8-way world champion Clement Martin Saint Leon has not missed a Gavroche competition since 2008, and he could probably help his three French 8-way world champion team mates to offer Odin a good competition. However, the very strong AAA Class field will make it difficult for both teams to make the Top 10 this year.

World Challenge 2018 - Top 10
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 10,H,F,13 20,6,22 12,1,11 4,M,G,J 9,B,P,A N,C,8,3 K,7,L,D 18,19,14 5,Q,21 15,16,O Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  31 25 25 38 62 32 47 26 31 32  349 34.9
2 Weembi Mix MF  FR  29 25 24 40 59 33 45 27 32 31  345 34.5
3 Arizona Airspeed  US  29 24 23 35 59 26 43 24 33 28  324 32.4
4 IFS-Moscow  RU  26 21 23 33 50 26 40 23 29 24  295 29.5
5 ACM Weembi  UK  24 21 21 29 48 21 36 21 25 23  269 26.9
6 Gavroche Weembi  FR  23 17 17 31 46 25 35 21 26 26  267 26.7
7 ISR FireFlash  BE  23 17 20 28 45 27 35 21 25 24  265 26.5
8 Chimera  UK  23 21 20 26 44 24 31 21 24 24  258 25.8
9 NFTO  UK  21 19 19 29 42 23 31 19 22 19  244 24.4
10 Odin Parachute System  FR  22 19 18 26 44 23 30 19 23 - 224 24.9
Alena Chistova with Tanay Wolves at the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia
IFS-Moscow is back with a different lineup to defend last year's 4th place. Tanay 8-way member Dmitry Samokhval is not available for the Russian indoor world class team this time. Original members Egor Gusev, Yury Drozdov and Dmitry Komkov have probably found an adequate substitute though.

Alena Chistova is one of the most experienced Russian 4-way competitors. Her last team was Tanay Wolves who competed for Russia in 4-way Open at the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia. However, IFS-Moscow will be challenged by several teams for one of the AAA Class top spots.

It will be difficult enough for the Russian team to repeat last year's 4th place finish. SDC Rhythm XP is back in Bedford after a 1-year break, and the U.S. team is stronger than ever after Doug Barron's successful recovery from injury. The exciting battle between Arizona Airspeed and SDC Rhythm XP at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2019 will be continued at the World Challenge, and both teams will be aiming at medal positions in Bedford. IFS-Moscow will also have to deal with the Qatar Tigers, who have not visited Bedford since 2016 and will be in medal contention, as well, probably not only in Bedford...

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