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14 September 2011, 08:13 pm
RAN Increase Audi MedCup Round 5 Lead
Quantum Racing
Quantum Racing

Audi MedCup - Round 5
Barcelona, Spain

Showing an impressive level of consistency in light seabreeze conditions, Niklas Zennstrom's RAN crew and the Spanish flagged team on Bribon today both proved able to exactly repeat Tuesday's excellent opening day results and so step further clear of the pack at the Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy Regatta, the Audi MedCup Circuit's title deciding finale.
For the event leaders RAN that was a win in the first race, followed by a good second place to increase their lead over Bribon by one point today, while for Bribon a third was followed up by their second race win on owner Jose Cusi's native waters at this iconic team's swansong regatta.

A seventh in the second race of the day hurt circuit leaders Quantum Racing's chances at this regatta, but the American flagged team still remain on track for the season's title with a 12 points margin.

However the remarkable rise of the Spanish flagged Bribon crew means that since the start of the Region of Sardinia in Cagliari in July they have gained 24.5 points on the Circuit leaders.

Bribon have elevated themselves to third overall for the season and this evening stand only half a point behind Italy's second placed Audi Azzurra Sailing Team.

And as the challenge for the 2011 52 Series title unfolds Bribon's late season charge means they are now only 12 points off the circuit lead with three days left of the season, and up to five scheduled races including Friday's high scoring coastal race before the titles are due to be presented at Saturday evening's gala prize-giving.

RÁN built their first race victory from a beautifully executed start at the committee boat end of the start line, crossing on port to lead out to the right side of the course and earn the best of the advantage on the right. RÁN, Quantum and Synergy then led the charge to the right, and at the windward mark, Zennstrom's crew had the lead.

In the second race it was Bribon which emerged from a tightly compacted pin end start earning the left side of the course. But it was this group from the left side of the start which did best.

While Bribon and RÁN were well set for the race with decent margins at the head of the fleet at the first turn, as the breeze faltered and swung left on the next round Synergy Sailing Team stole themselves a good third place, while Quantum Racing dropped from the fourth place they held at the first mark, losing two boats close to the finish to finish seventh.

Overall Conde de Godó - City of Barcelona Trohpy
TP-52

1. RAN (SWE), 2+1+1+2=6 points
2. Bribón (ESP), 1+3+3+1=8 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 3+2+2+7=18 points
4. Container (GER), 4+7+5+4=20 points
5. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+5+4+8=22 points
6. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 8+4+8+3=23 points
7. Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One (GER/FRA), 6+8+6+5=25 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 7+6+7+6=26 points
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson
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