Well you just can’t have a Welsh Open and not expect a few drops of rain. After two days with only one refight for rain the weather was going to play its part.
The hope was for us to get a few more rounds in to get a second discard, but the weather just wasn‘t playing ball. Low cloud was giving real concerns for landings and this soon turned to rain. So halfway through the second round of the day we had to call it day.
Not quite the finish that we would have liked for one of the best Welsh Opens in the last couple of years. Unfortunately, we didn’t enjoy any of the blistering air that we can get on the south west facing slopes but what it did give us a very close and very intense competition. The fastest time for this year’s competition went to the Swiss F3F Champion Stefan Bertschi with a 36.07.
So close was the competition a only a couple of seconds in one round made all the difference between getting into the top three places and defending Champion Joel West didn’t give his title up without a determined fight and it was only bad luck with poor air in the last two rounds of day two that stopped him getting a top three finish.
In contrast Mike Evans few a fantastic second day which cemented a base for him get third place this year.
The Welsh Open has always been kind the Spanish Pilots and the slope record holder Inaki Elizonda just edged in front of Mike Evans by six and half points to take second place.
Before announcing the Welsh Open Champion for 2012 there is the small issue of the team prise and this was taken by Team GBU who packed all three pilots, Kevin Newton, Simon Thornton and Martin Newnham into the first six to take a deserved team title.
Thanks to every one who helped out that kept the competition going. Ian Mason for helping with the registration and Mark Abbotts and Frank Hulton for collecting the money. Simon, Joel and Martin who got the course up in double quick time each day and not to mention Mick Walsh, Mark Treble and Paul Garnett who shared the Buzzer Supremeo over the three days.
If I have missed anyone else please accept my apologies and thank you for your help.
So the reason for the three days of competition was to find a new Welsh Open Champion for 2012. That pilot was someone who has been knocking on the door for a major win. Not only that he has been tireless in promoting F3F over the last 18 months which made him a very popular winner. So the new Welsh Open Champion for 2012 is Martin Newnham, well done for a much deserve win.
I am sure Kev will do a more in depth write up with some stunning photographs so keep an eye on is Blog site.
Thanks to all of your for your continued support the full results are below. I look forward to seeing you all soon and all the best
Jose Luis Alvares