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Gunnar Asmussen on Top Form
Posted On:  11/05/2013 10:35:05

On the third day the weather forecast came good with a southerly 5-6 blowing. In total, 63 participants were able to complete 2 slalom eliminations with perfect side shore wind. Flensburger Gunnar Asmussen (GER-88, Patrik, North) emerged as the clear winner of two races.

In the first slalom round both Vincent Langer (GER-122, Starboard, Severne) and Gunnar Asmussen, two German participants, qualified for the final. Asmussen got off to a perfect start, showed superior speed and made no mistake at the jibe. Thus he was able to record a clear victory in the first slalom.

Vincent Langer missed the start and adopted a high risk strategy. He just barely missed a collision with Jordy Vonk (NED-69, Patrik, Loft Sails). Fortunately, both were able to continue their race. Vonk from the Netherlands maintained a strong performance and secured second place. Third place went to Poland's Maciej Rutkowski (POL-23, Patrik, point 7). After a strong rally Langer was able to show, in fourth place, that he is a world leader. Also in the top 5 Sebastian Kornum (DEN-24, JP, NeilPryde).

With further increasing wind a second slalom could be started. The strong wind and high waves were the perfect conditions for Gunnar Asmussen. The 110kg giant from Flensburg also dominated the second round and was able to notch up a comfortable victory.

Vincent Langer made no mistake this time. But he had to pay tribute and to be content with second place in the superior speed of Asmussen. Also, the Dutchman Jordy Vonk again showed a strong performance. He secured third place in front of Italian Andrea Ferin. Matt Fabian was able to keep at a distance Casper Bouman, while Andrea Rosati ousted Florian Bandel in eighth place.

After two full slalom elimination Gunnar Asmussen is unchallenged with the ideal score of 1.4 at the top and is thus clearly on track for the world title. The Dutchman Jordy Vonk is after the third day in second place with 5.0 points. Vincent Langer would round out the podium with 6.0 points.

For the weekend, the forecast predicts continued good wind conditions, so that more races are still possible. the slalom world championship runs through Sunday 12th May as part of the Summer Opening Rollei presented by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

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