Evolution attended the meet even though there was not much serious competition for the Canadians in Eloy. Home team Arizona Airspeed did not attend since the team members served as player coaches for local and regional lineups. Evolution's 24.4 average came at the end of a winter training camp, which was also a part of the preparations for the Paraclete XP double header in March.
The three Lemay brothers Martin, Vincent and Benoit train and compete in traditional 4way and in VFS 4way and have big goals. They plan to win medals in both events at the World Meet 2014, and the first serious test for the double duties came up last weekend at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014.
Paraclete XP Indoor 2014 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Total Avg Rank AAA Class K,13,22 15,3,10 D,B,6,9 G,7,E,18 11,4,L A,21,1 J,Q,N,12 C,F,8,O P,17,M,14 2,16,20 Total Avg 1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE) 27 25 43 33 30 28 33 35 30 25 309 30.9 2 Arizona Airspeed (US) 24 19 45 31 24 27 26 35 34 22 287 28.7 3 Evolution (CA) 23 23 38 28 26 28 29 34 31 22 282 28.2 4 VoltR (FR) 23 22 38 30 26 27 28 34 31 21 280 28.0
|Paraclete XP Outdoor 2014||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||20||20||28||46||33||24||23||20||19||21||254||25.4|
The results were impressive, and it showed that Evolution is in fact on course to go after world meet medals this year. NMP-PCH Hayabusa was too far away, while Evolution ended up only five points behind Arizona Airspeed and outscored the 2012 silver medalist from France, the new Volt'R lineup.
That happened in Paraclete XP's 16-foot flying chamber, and it was just as exciting when the same three teams exited from jump planes in DeLand. Evolution outscored Airspeed in five rounds and tied another one for a 10-point difference after ten rounds. Volt'R ended up far behind in 3rd place.
Paraclete XP Outdoor 2014 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Total Avg Rank VFS 4way 3,10,M 14,D,B,E K,5,15 G,16,H,I 12,1,A 6,7,4 9,13,8 F,17,N,C Total Avg 1 Team4speed SD (FR) 21 24 18 20 30 21 30 20 184 23.0 2 Evolution VFS (CA) 18 18 13 15 28 16 25 15 148 18.5
The situation for Evolution in VFS 4way is similar to 4way Open, where Hayabusa seems to be clearly ahead of the other top teams. Evolution will probably be in the race for the other two sets of medals. Team4speed, the French VFS world champions, are also far ahead of Evolution at the moment and seem to be out of reach. However, the Canadian VFS lineup has a realistic chance for silver or bronze medals. No competitor has ever won medals in those two events at the same world meet.
Coach Shannon Pilcher does not even limit the team goals in any way and does not exclude a chance for gold medals: "We will do everything possible to make the impossible possible..."