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9 May 2007, 03:12 pm
STOP PRESS: Kiwis Beat BMW To Win Round Robin
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Louis Vuitton Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

Emirates Team New Zealand recorded a massive win over BMW ORACLE Racing to knock the Americans off the top Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin leaderboard and give the Kiwis the pick of their Semi Final opponents. In the day's other big race Shosholoza beat Areva Challenge to take seventh place.

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Emirates Team New Zealand recorded an enormous win of 1 minute 34 seconds over BMW to end Round Robin Two undefeated. The Kiwis benefited from a big shift on the first beat which favoured the right side of the course. The Americans delayed tacking back from the left and this left Dean BARKER (NZL) and his crew with a massive 54 second advantage at the first mark. From there they extended on every leg to record a huge win over the previously dominant Americans.

The Kiwis now have the choice of Semi Final opponents and can pick from BMW ORACLE Racing, Luna Rossa or Desafío Español 2007.

In today's other races Team Shosholoza held off a late charge by Areva Challenge to win their match and the battle for seventh overall, a terrific result for the first African team to compete in the America's Cup. Luna Rossa recorded a comfortable win over a rather ragged looking Desafío Español team, Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia overcame Victory Challenge whilst +39 Challenge got the better of United Internet Team Germany.

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Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin Two - Provisional Leaderboard
Pos Team Points - End of RR1 Matches Sailed RR2 Matches Won RR2 Pts
1 Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) 18 10 10 38
2 BMW ORACLE Racing (USA 98) 21 10 8 37
3 Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) 19 10 8 35
4 Desafío Español 2007 (ESP 97) 17 10 6 29
5 Victory Challenge (SWE 96) 14 10 6 26
6 Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia (ITA 99) 14 10 4 22
7 Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) 12 10 4 20
8 Areva Challenge (FRA 93) 9 10 4 17
9 +39 Challenge (ITA 85) 6 10 3 12
10 United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) 3 10 1 5
11 China Team (CHN 95) 1 10 1 3

The America's Cup Match and Challenger/Defender Series are designated as ISAF Special Events. For more information on the America's Cup, the Louis Vuttion Acts and the teams competing, visit the official America's Cup website - www.americascup.com.

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ACM 2007 (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Emirates thrashed BMW to win the Round Robin:© ACM 2007/Photo:Stefano Gattini
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