Audi Fratelli Giacomel Fra Martina Leads In Malcesine

20 July 2012

Malcesine, Italy - The first day of the fourth event of Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Malcesine speaks the language of Audi Fratelli Giacomel supported by Eberhard – Fra Martina. Edoardo Pavesio with Gabriele Benussi on tactics, was the team to beat on a particularly inspirational day, culminating with the success achieved in the third race. Pavesio now leads the ranking with a fairly large margin, ahead of Marc de Antonio's Bribon-Movistar. The Spanish boat, helmed by De Antonio (tactician Gonzalo Araujo), finished first in the opening race, followed by Filippo Pacinotti's Brontolo HH thanks to a brand new afterguard composed of Daniele Cassinari as tactician and Andrea Felci as main trimmer. 

The victory in the second regatta was all Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica, who is relegated to sixth place overall because of unsatisfying results in the other two races (8-10 penalized by ZFP).

The races today were typical of Lake Garda: the Ora starts blowing from South around 12.30, growing in intensity till reaching 15 knots in the mid-afterrnoon before retiring at 6 p.m. This happens often in the Northern part of the Lake, both opposite shores of Garda paid for boats sailing close to the shore. It led to a very tricky situation with sensational comebacks and unexpected changes of position, that has not happened in the previous 2012 events of the Audi Sailing Series.

On Saturday races on water but not only! In the occasion of forth event of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series it will be organized the first Sailing&Driving combined. Two members of each crew will fight in dynamic tests on Audi R8 and Audi RS3 turned into "kontra". The winner on the ranking will be crowned leader of the Audi Day Challenge.

TOP TEN RESULTS (After 3 Races)
1.) Edoardo and Vanni Pavesio/Gabriele Benussi, Audi F.lli Giacomel Fra Martina; 4-2-1 = 7
2.) Marc De Antonio/Gonzalo Araujo, Bribon Movistar; 1-6*-4 = 13
3.) Filippo Pacinotti/Daniele Cassinari, Brontolo HH; 7-3*-2 = 14
4.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Flavio Favini, Robertissima; 2-7*-5* = 18
5.) Jason Carroll/Charlie Ogletree, Argo; 6-4-9 = 19
6.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 8-1-10*= 21
7.) Ferdinando Battistella/Carlo Fracassoli, Quantum Diva; 3-8-11= 22
8.) Carlo Alberini/Enrico Fonda, Calvi Network; 5-5*-12= 24
9.) Vincenzo Onorato/Nathan Wilmot, Mascalzone Latino; 9-10*-6 = 27
10.) Simon Coleridge/Tim Collins, Velvet Elvis; DNF-11*-3 = 29 
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The fourth stage of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series is organized by Plan-B Sport & Events in collaboration with the Fraglia Vela Malcesine and Melges Europe.

In addition to Audi, the Audi Sailing Series is supported by the official timekeeper Eberhard & Co watches and Musto, the official technical supplier.

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