Both events applied the same competition draw in the AAA Class, and the overall leaderboard is showing how many strong Russian teams there are. Only one ESL team made it into the Top 10, and it was the unofficial amateur world champion of 2012, Thunder.
The Russian Nationals were bothered by very bad weather, and the teams were lucky to complete the three rounds on the last meet day. Thunder completed eight rounds in Moorsele. Fly Station also finished ahead of Thunder by winning Round 2 clearly. The Sun Path Products NSL News had covered the Russian top team's attempt to compete at the World Cup 2013 with the story on 20 August 2013.
|September 7th, 2013||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Total||Avg|
|2||Fly Station (RU)||21||27||24||72||24.0|
|4||Sunny Wind (RU)||17||20||21||58||19.3|
|5||Sky 45 (RU)||16||19||19||54||18.0|
|9||Black Cat (RU)||13||16||16||45||15.0|
Barkli Round 3
Thunder Round 3
National 4way team Barkli was once again performing on world class level and continued with an impressive scoring streak that has not been mentioned yet. Round 3 at the Russian Nationals was the team's 13th consecutive round with scores of only 20-pointers and higher.
The ten Barkli rounds at the World Cup were the entry ticket to the 4way elite club of teams who have gone through a 10-round meet without scoring below 20 points for a round. Only five teams were club members until the World Cup 2013: DeLand Majik, Fastrax, Arizona Airspeed, Aerodyne Maubeuge and NMP-PCH Hayabusa. Barkli has now won the 6th membership.
|World Cup 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||27||33||23||22||29||22(-2)||26||28||33(-1)||24||267||26.7|
|3||Maubeuge Aerodyne (FR)||22||28||20||20||23||16(-1)||21||22(-2)||28||21||221||22.1|
Round 4 was also where NMP-PCH Hayabusa quietly joined the even smaller 22-pointer club. Only France and Airspeed's 2012 lineup did the same before Hayabusa now mastered this challenge and made it a 3-team membership.
Barkli confirmed the team's great form at the Russian Nationals. The sequence of Round 8 (6,10,12) would have brought the next big challenge for the best Russian team in 4way history. It is probably slower than the one for the 20-pointer in Banja Luka. Arizona Airspeed is next to be challenged with a 10-round draw at the upcoming USPA Nationals 2013.