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Did You Know...

... that ISR FireFlash won the outdoor comeback after three years of patience?

ISR FireFlash at the Belgian Outdoor Nationals 2018
posted Sep 10th, 2021 - It was in September 2018 when the Belgian world-class team ISR FireFlash attended their last outdoor competition. It was the Belgian national championship event that NMP PCH HayaBusa won with a 27.6 average. Little over a month later, HayaBusa then won their 3rd FAI gold medals in Australia.

In the meantime, ISR FireFlash was hit by a very unfortunate accident at the end of the team's second year together. Glenn Straeluyc was injured severely in a work accident shortly after the national championships. His L1 vertebra broke when he fell through a roof, and he had to undergo surgery twice. However, FireFlash were confident that Glenn Straeluyc would recover quickly and be back in training and competition action soon.

Sven Ibens' former Thunder ISR team mate Jacco van Eerden was helping out at a few indoor meets at the end of 2018 until Glenn Straeluyc was ready for indoor action. It was a strong and promising comeback for him at the World Challenge 2019, where FireFlash finished with a 27.0 average in 8th place.

ISR FireFlash were still approaching the outdoor part of 4-way training and competition very cautiously and scheduled even their indoor schedule always considering the physical situation of their team mate. FireFlash attended only two more meets since the World Challenge in 2019, the ISR Grand Prix in November 2019 and the Wind Games in January 2020.


Belgian Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 8,H,E,1 19,3,4 N,11,G,10 A,17,14 B,D,7,5 21,15,9 12,F,L,M 6,C,J,O P,2,Q,22 K,20,16 13,18,9 Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa 26 25 23 -1 24 37 25 32 34 -2 26 -1 24 -1 - 276 27.6
2 Echochamber 23 18 19 17 -3 26 -1 20 -1 24 -2 27 -3 19 -4 18 - 211 21.1
3 ISR FireFlash 18 -2 17 19 20 27 18 -1 25 25 -2 20 19 - 208 20.8
4 JETMAX 15 11 -1 11 9 14 11 -2 16 -1 15 -1 14 11 - 127 12.7
5 Falco 10 -1 9 11 11 12 7 -2 11 13 12 6 -2 - 102 10.2
6 Lentonopeus 9 10 8 10 10 7 11 12 11 7 -1 - 95 9.5

ISR FireFlash at the Belgian Outdoor Nationals 2018
AAA Class awards at the Belgian Outdoor Nationals 2021
It was almost exactly three years after the last outdoor competition when Glenn Straeluyc and his FireFlash team mates decided to attend an outdoor competition, the national championships at the beginning of September.

ISR FireFlash's comeback efforts were even rewarded with the national 4-way title. NMP PCH HayaBusa took a break from the national championships this year, after winning their 4th set of FAI world meet gold medals at the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020, and there was no serious domestic opposition for the second Belgian world-class team.

Ayro and Falco both finished with new team record averages after a 10-round battle that Ayro eventually won by five points. Phoenix started into the AAA Class competition with a 10.0 average, after competing in the A Class of 2018 and in the AA Class of 2019. None of the three Belgian AAA Class teams behind ISR FireFlash attended a live competition in the pandemic season of 2020. Only Ayro participated in the NSL Cloud Mondial 2020, together with NMP PCH HayaBusa in the top spot, and with High Voltage on the AA Class leaderboard.


Belgian Outdoor Nationals 2021
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 16,D,18 E,13,L,2 19,C,6 H,F,J,O,21 8,11,20 5,P,1 N,10,15 M,22,A,9 14,G,4 B,Q,17,12 Total Avg
1 ISR FireFlash  BE  20 21 20 29 14 22 17 19 16 19 197 19.7
2 Ayro  BE  14 14 14 23 13 16 12 17 12 13 148 14.8
3 Falco  BE  13 17 13 23 11 15 10 15 13 13 143 14.3
4 Phoenix  BE  8 11 8 16 9 10 9 14 8 7 100 10.0
All teams at the Belgian Outdoor Nationals 2021
Qatar Cheetahs at the German Outdoor Nationals 2021
High Voltage posted their own first 2-digit meet average (10.5) on the AA Class leaderboard, after the previous 8.3 in at the NSL Cloud Mondial in August 2020. Three current High Voltage members (Lena Clynhens, Evelyne Wauters, Maxim Paternoster) had started in the Rookie Class competition of the ISR Grand Prix 2018 and moved up into the A Class of 2019.

The NSL Cloud Mondial 2020 was the one and only AA Class experience for the current lineup, with new member Hanne Verbauwhede and Johannes Wirt on camera, before this year's national championships at the beginning of the month.

High Voltage won the Belgian AA Class title without any domestic competition. It was still only the 3rd place on the AA Class leaderboard, as Qatar coach Luc Verstrepen brought the two Qatar farm teams, Cheetahs and Lions, to his home country's national championship event for competition practice.

He continued traveling with the Cheetahs after the 18.8 average in Belgium. The German Outdoor Nationals 2021 began only a few days later and a driving distance away, and the Cheetahs now put all the German AA Class teams in place. Luc Verstrepen could not defend his German 4-way title though, as Oceanside AtomiX finished only 2nd. HayaBusa's David Grauwels was more successful in Germany. He was coaching Meltemi Illertissen to the 4-way Women title.


Belgian Outdoor Nationals 2021
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AA Class 22,19 D,20,C K,E,F,G 21,18 M,4,J 15,H,1 O,N,P,Q 6,B,11 A,2,9 14,8 Total Avg
1 Cheetahs  QA  13 18 25 14 22 17 31 17 20 11 188 18.8
2 Lions  QA  15 17 25 13 17 16 25 15 18 13 174 17.4
3 High Voltage  BE  7 7 17 7 12 9 18 10 9 9 105 10.5
Rank A Class 9,21 19,8 A,C,K H,D,E Q,J,6 7,P N,F,B L,O,M 4,2 G,O,2 Total Avg
1 Fastfox  HU  6 5 8 7 7 7 8 8 2 7 65 6.5
Rank Rookie B,Q,D O,P,J N,G,C A,F,M K,E,H L,E,K Q,D,H J,N,O M,A,P C,G,B Total Avg
1 Garudas  BE  13 14 10 12 8 9 15 8 9 10 108 10.8
2 Team Karmeliet  BE  3 2 1 2 0 0 3 4 5 4 24 2.4
3 TEAMEXTREME  BE  2 6 2 0 2 2 2 3 2 1 22 2.2
4 Fuelled By Eddy  BE  0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.2

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