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The three top teams, Airspeed Odyssey, Airspeed Velocity and Team Fastrax, finished the meet at about the scoring level where they expected themselves after these six rounds. The Airspeed line-ups had not trained much 4-way due to the 8-way commitment this year.
Airspeed Velocity competed with a new line-up after replacing Neal Houston and Dennis Rook with Thomas Hughes and Eric Gin. The team performance after four training jumps was quite impressive. Velocity needed the first three rounds to warm up some more with each other, then it looked as if the team was well trained.
Team Fastrax was in a similar situation as Airspeed Velocity. Fastrax 2005 members Billy Andrews and Eric Gin were replaced by Mark Kirkby and Doug Park for the 2006 season. Interesting aspect of the Velocity and Fastrax line-ups is the fact that Eric Gin competed against his former Fastrax team mates in Eloy, while Mark Kirkby took on several members of his own former Airspeed line-ups.
Fastrax also managed to tie the Airspeed scores in round six for a confident finish of the meet. Veterans Mark Kirkby and Doug Park will surely be able to use the experiences of this first meet for the new line-up and build up the team for the next challenge. Fastrax has the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2006 in March on the team agenda.
The impressive performances of the 4-way teams in Eloy does not end with these three top scorers. Perris Fury and Thunder showed up with confidence and posted great scores, as well. Both teams have promising plans for the 2006 season. The NSL News will introduce both teams and the rest of the field later. Stay tuned.