Final Day At 2014 Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series In Porto Ercole All Set For Ultimate Showdown
17 May 2014
Porto Ercole, Italy - Overnight leader Filippo Pacinotti aboard Brontolo H/H retained his first place, overall position on Day Two in Porto Ercole, edging out Mauro Mocchegiani’s F. Giacomel Audi e-Tron Melges 32 now in second. Both sit at the top of the standings with equal points as two final races are expected on Sunday. Russia’s Valentin Zavadnikov aboard Synergy GT holds steadfast in third six points behind, also sharing equal points with fourth place Richard Gorannson on Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden. Japan’s Naofumi Kamei on Mamma Aiuto! is currently fifth.
Light breezes did not deter the Race Committee from firing off three more races, ensuring that the sixteen-strong fleet would complete six of the eight-race Porto Ercole edition, resulting in a discard of their worst score thus far.
As the discards went into play, the scoreboard changed dramatically. Kamei’s first-race-of-the-day win, then paired with an 11-2, catapulted him into the top five. Hot on his heels was fellow Russian player Pavel Kuznetsov on Tavatuy placing second followed by Zavadnikov.
Race Five of the series was hard fought with relatively new-fleetcomer Arturo di Lorenzo with Matteo Ivaldi as tactician aboard Malafemmena who rallied full on to an incredible win.
Mocchegiani grabbed the best move of the day. He completed Day 1 in fifth overall, but thanks to discards going into effect and an average day performance by Pacinotti, he has moved within striking distance of the Porto Ercole edition trophy.
As in the past, the start of the Audi Tron Sailing Series means the return of the Audi test drives too. Anyone can demo the A3 g-tron, S1 Sportback, A1 Sportback, SQ5 and RS6. For further details, please call 345.9585343, or e-mail.
The Audi Tron Sailing Series has reconfirmed its innovative style with a brand new mobile app - now available on Google Play and iTunes Apple Store for free.
In addition to main sponsor Audi, the Audi Tron is supported by official sponsors Kuehne+Nagel, Torqeedo electric motors and technical partners such as the Ente Fiera di Genova, Nespresso and Olicor.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Melges 32 events in Europe and around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Audi Melges 32 Facebook Page. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges32.com.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (After Six Races, 1 Discard)
1.) Filippo Pacinotti/Gabrio Zandona, Brontolo HH; 1-9-2--2-4 = 18
2.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Branko Brcin, F. Giacomel Audi e-Tron; -4-3-6-4-1 = 18
3.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT; 7-5-1-3--8 = 24
4.) Richard Gorannson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 13-2-5-7-5-5 = 24
5.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 3-11--1-11-2 = 28
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