Four Races, Four Winners Open Audi Melges 20 European Championship
3 September 2015
Trapani, Italy - Four races opened the 2015 European Championship/Audi-Tron Sailing Series Act 5 organized by B.Plan Sport & Events (BPSE) in cooperation with Melges Europe. The competitive nature of the Audi Melges 20 fleet was on full display as each race produced a unique winner — some brand spanking new to the fleet, others not so new at all.
The day opened with great celebration as teams watched fleet newcomer Marco Cali on Zenhea win Race One in high-class Audi Melges 20 style! It was a wire-to-wire performance for Cali with Guido Miani’s Out of Reach coming on strong early to finish second, followed by Russia’s Igor Rytov on RUS-296.
2015 Audi-Tron Sailing Series circuit leader Dario Levi on Fremito D’Arja got off the starting line with all pistons firing to win Race Two over Agusto Corrado’s Customly finishing second. Japan’s Norikatsu Aizawa’s Contious had a great race to take third.
"It was a simple day of sailing really, apart from making sure we caught all the right wind shifts," said Stefano Lagi, trimmer aboard Fremito D’Arja. "The fleet was fierce today and there are some new teams making it all the more challenging."
Under light breezes, Race Three belonged to Miani. Miani proved that Cali was not the only one who could take the lead from start to finish and win in light and tricky conditions. Levi chased Miani around the track but could do no better than second, followed by Oleg Evdokimenko’s Kotyara in third.
The final race of the day went to Russia’s Yuriy Morozov’s Russotrans. One of the fleet’s toughest teams, Morozov battled hard to win just ahead of Mirko De Falco’s Peccere in second and Vladimir Prosikhi’s Nika in third. Matteo Marenghi Vaselli’s Lucifer and Miani rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
More racing is scheduled for Friday, 4 September where the heat will be on. Three points separate Levi and De Falco. Miani sits third overall going into Day Two in Trapani.
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TOP TEN RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Four Races)
1.) Dario Levi, Fremito D’ Arja; 4-1-2-8 = 15
2.) Mirko de Falco, Peccere; 6-6-4-2 = 18
3.) Guido Miani, Out of Reach; 2-13-1-5 = 21
4.) Oleg Evdokimenko, Kotyara; 10-7-3-9 = 29
5.) Geoff Carveth, Audi G-Tron F.lli Giacomel; 9-5-10-6 = 30
6.) Agusta Corrado, Customly; 5-2-1-12 = 38
7.) Matteo Marenghi Vaselli, Lucifer; 13-10-11-4 = 38
8.) Vladimir Prosikhi, Nika; 21-11-5-3 = 40
9.) Marco Cali, Zenhea; 1-17-7-18 = 43
10.) Manfredi Vianini Tolomei, Maolca; 14-4-13-14 = 45
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