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Did You Know...

... that the German Nationals featured an interesting international 8-way competition?

Airbus Illertissen ready for a competition jump
posted Sep 10th, 2019 - The 8-way competition at the German Outdoor Nationals turned out to be not only the qualification event for the German national team Airbus Illertissen for the next world meet in Tanay 2020. The NSL News reported on September 4th how Airbus mastered the qualification requirement of a 12.9 average quite easily.

The visit of Qatar's national 8-way team, the Falcons, and Martial Ferre's Veloce QRF team gave the competition also an international atmosphere. The Qatar Falcons are the reigning FAI bronze medalists after the 3rd place at the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2018 in Australia. Veloce QRF added a number of different nationalities to the 8-way competition in Kassel, Germany.

Martial Ferre's QRF lineup was mainly a combination of French and German 8-way competitors this time, plus Marco Arrigo from Italy. Other members of the QRF signature lineup (Seth Erickson - Sweden, Jeremie Héritier - Switzerland, Paul Hofstee - Netherlands, Kjetil Nordin - Norway) were not available for the outdoor competition, and Martial Ferre invited French competitors to fill the open slots (Nikos Pavlidis, Jean-Pierre Roussanidès, Charles Rommel, Daniel Lamberty on camera).

Charles Rommel was a member of the French 8-way team that won the silver medals behind Paraclete XP8 at this year's FAI Indoor World Meet at Weembi Lille and posted a new 8-way indoor world record with the 44-pointer in Round 6. Martial Ferre and Charles Rommel were team mates at this event.


German Nationals 2019
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open E,G,M,2 B,4,1 9,K,L,O 13,15,14 22,16,3 21,6,D 5,J,,12 P,17,7 10,H,C,11 8,F,19 Total Avg
1 Qatar Falcons QA 16 -1 24 16 14 20 14 14 14 -1 16 13 161 16.1
2 Airbus 8-way Illertissen DE 14 18 -1 14 13 17 13 14 14 11 -2 11 -1 139 13.9
3 Veloce QRF IN 12 -2 17 14 11 17 11 12 13 11 11 129 12.9
4 Coriolis DE 6 9 8 7 8 7 5 -2 7 7 6 70 7.0
5 Luftschl8 DE 7 8 7 -1 5 -2 6 5 -1 6 6 4 6 60 6.0
6 MeightO Meissendorf DE 5 7 6 6 5 4 6 6 4 4 53 5.3
Qatar Falcons - Airbus Illertissen - Veloce QRF at the German Nationals 2019
Qatar Falcons and Veloce QRF at the Weembinamic 2018
Nikos Pavlidis and Jean-Pierre Roussanidès are experienced 8-way competitors, as well. They trained and competed with Martial Ferre in other Veloce 8-way teams. However, they all missed the 8-way competition at the French national championship this year and traveled to Germany instead.

Marco Arrigo, who still trained and competed with eX3MO in 2018, has been a member of the Veloce QRF signature lineup for several years. He was in Kassel as Airbus Illertissen's 8-way coach and joined Martial Ferre's Veloce QRF lineup, as well. He also competed with three of his 8-way team mates (Petra Baerenfaenger, Henning Stumpp, Uwe Soppa) for Dark Energy in 4-way and won German bronze medals.

Marco Arrigo's 8-way team could not keep up with the well trained German national team, Airbus Illertissen. However, Dark Energy took the 4-way bronze medals away from the four Airbus 8-way members of the Bardarbunga 2.0 lineup.

Veloce QRF had still outscored Airbus not too long ago at the Weembinamic 2018 indoor competition with Martial Ferre's best-trained lineup. However, the German 8-way team was much better prepared for the outdoor competition and finished ten points ahead.


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 IN 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

Qatar Falcons at the German Nationals 2019
Neither Airbus nor Veloce QRF were able to get anywhere close to the Qatar Falcons in Kassel. All three teams had met each other at last year's 8-way Weembinamic, a month after the Falcons had won the first FAI medals for their country in Australia. The Qatar Falcons took the 1st place at Weembi Lille and came back to the same place in April 2019 for the indoor world meet.

They could not repeat the success of Australia. France was back in 8-way this time and competed with a very strong team. Paraclete XP8, France and Russia's 8-way team from Tanay won the FAI indoor medals.

It will not become any easier for the Qatar Falcons in the near future, as the same three countries plan to compete for gold medals next year in Tanay. The Qatar Falcons won in Germany with a 16.1 average, which is below the 17.0 in Australia 2018.

Coach Jeremie Rollett had to deal with a personnel change right before the competition in Germany and lost one of his team members, Aziz Abdulwahab Al Motawa, who will not come back for training and competition. The alternate stepped in for him on a very short call. The team will need some time to accommodate the new full member, which will make it even more difficult to keep up with the three 8-way powerhouses from the United States, Russia and France. The Qatar bronze medals are in jeopardy...

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