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Zavadnikov’s ‘Team Synergy’ Further Confirms Lead In Gaeta At 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series

13 April 2013

Gaeta, Italy - The Race Committee took full advantage of Saturday's heated conditions to deliver three incredible races at the 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Gaeta. As proof, each race presented a different winner. Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica took charge early to win Race One. Roberto Tomasini Grinover displayed his Robertissima might by winning Race Two, and Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino championed the final race of the day.

Despite the various race winners, Valentin Zavadnikov at the helm of Team Synergy continues his firm grip on the lead after a great day of competition on the Gulf of Gaeta. On the eve of the final day of racing, the star-studded Russian team has a nine point advantage over a brilliant Edoardo Pavesio on Fra Martina in second overall - the fierce fighter of last year's great season finale, and a solid ten over third place finisher Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone.

The fourth to seventh place seated teams will battle for a potential spot on the podium. Amongst those in contention include Andrea Pozzi on Bombarda, Naofumi Kamei on Mamma Aiuto! and the great Carlo Alberini on his powerful Calvi Network Melges 32.

The 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, organized by B-Plan Sport&Events in full collaboration with the International Melges 32 Class Association, Melges Europe and Yacht Club Gaeta EVS, will be back in action tomorrow commencing at 11.00. Three final races are planned with a cut off start time of 14.30 Italy time.

THE AUDI QUATTRO EXPERIENCE TEST DRIVES ARE BACK
The Sailing Series continues its test drive tradition in 2013. At every event, the Audi Quattro Instructors will be available to guide all those interested in experiencing some of the most recent Audi models. The Audi A3 SB, RS5, SQ5 and S6 Avant will be available in Gaeta. For more information and test drive bookings, please call 345.3472530 or send an email to the Audi Quattro Experience.

AUDI MELGES 32 SAILING SERIES PARTNERS
In addition to title sponsor Audi, the 2013 Sailing Series is supported by official sponsor AstiHour, a very refreshing fruit cocktail that will be served during happy hours at the Audi Hospitality Village. Other sponsors include Kuehne+Nagel, Yeykey, Helly Hansen, and SimBroker e Nacora.

FOLLOW THE AUDI SAILING SERIES
B-Plan Sport&Events is committed to greater visibility and appeal of the 2013 Audi Sailing Series. The event has 3 newly renovated websites: www.audisailingseries.com, www.audisailingteam.it, www.bpse.it - and a new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AudiSailingSeries. Updates are also being posted as the racing happens at the Official Facebook Page of the International Melges 32 Class Association too!

Press releases are distributed in three languages - Italian, English and German - written and released at the end of each day. All photos will be posted online at melges32.com thanks to a renewed collaboration with Studio Borlenghi. Zerogradinord will produce interviews and video highlights available on the Official Audi Sailing Series YouTube Circuit Channel.

TOP TEN RESULTS (Preliminary | After five races)
1.) Valetin Zavadinkov/Tommaso Chieffi, Team Synergy; 3-1-3-8-3 = 18
2.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rust, Fra Martina; 4 (ZULU)-4-2-3-11 = 27
3.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; 1-10-8-2-7 = 28
4.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; 10-3-6-7-6 = 32
5.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 12-11-1-9-4 = 37
6.) Carlo Alberini/Flavio Favini, Calvi Network; 2-14-9-11-2 = 38
7.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 7-6-12-5(DPI)-5 = 38
8.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino; 8-5-13-15-1 = 42
9.) Marc de Antonio/Gustavo Martinez Doreste, Bribon Movistar; 13-12-7-4-8 = 44
10.) Deneen Demourkas/Mark Mendelblatt, Groovederci; 6-2-16-6-16 = 46
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