Did You Know...... that 23 teams set a record turnout at the first Grand Prix event in Great Britain?
UK's Grand Prix 2006
The 23 teams used all four competition classes to show where they are at the beginning of the competition season, and the meet included fierce races for the first Grand Prix medals in 2006. Especially the A Class (7) and the Rookie Class (9) enjoyed great participation and competition.
Perris AirKix at the Grand Prix event
The slow competition draw for the AAA/Open Class teams surely did not allow record scores, and UK's national 4-way team in the female category, Perris AirKix, could not respond to France's 17.9 average on the weekend before. However, Perris AirKix still had enough work to fend off the charge by Bodyflight Rage.
The competition between Perris AirKix and Bodyflight Rage was an indirect competition between two wind tunnels, SkyVenture AirKix and Bodyflight Bedford, which are both located in close proximity to London. The Bodyflight Rage line-up included former XL member Steve Hamilton who has been working at the Bedford tunnel for a while.
Bodyflight Rage with Steve Hamilton
Andy Scott reported that the record turnout of 23 teams led to a slower than planned turn-around time of about three hours per round. Of course, he was glad to see so many teams attending and appreciated that all teams were dealing well with this situation.
A Class winner Escondido
Andy Scott said that great weather helped a lot, except for a windy spell, which kept the teams on the ground on Saturday afternoon. This seemed to be a welcome break in Langar and happened at the right time since England played its first game at the World Cup Soccer Saturday afternoon, as Andy Scott added:
A Class silver medalist 4Fit
The toughest competition took place in the grass root level classes, which had the best participation, as well. Four teams were in the race for the first place throughout all six rounds of the A Class competition. Each of these four teams won or tied at least the highscore for one round, and only three points separated the team in 4th place (Qi - 50) from the gold medal position (Escondido - 53).
Rookie Class winner 100%
The same three points also separated the teams in first and second place of the AA Class competition. Bodyflight Storm and Damn Zebra exchanged blows round by round. Damn Zebra took a 1-point lead in round one, and both teams tied their scores exactly in the following three rounds. Bodyflight Storm won back the single point in round five, and both teams went into the last round of the meet tied in first place. Storm's 17-pointer in round six finally won the meet by three points.
AA Class winner Bodyflight Storm
"The continued growth of our competition scene this year bodes well for an even bigger national championship. The 4-way competition is scheduled for August 19 - 21 at Hibaldstow near Lincoln. I would hope to see some foreign teams turn up and compete in our event, which is open for guest teams. It's a great party and a very slick competition, with the three turbine dorniers providing the completion of about seven rounds per day in good weather. The same four competition classes will be used once again, and it always proves to be a hit."
The next two events of the British Grand Prix 2006 are scheduled for July 1 and July 29. The last competition of the 2006 season is the re-scheduled one that makes up for the lost meet in May, and it will take place on the NSL Playoffs 2006 weekend, September 16.