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16 June 2003, 09:56 am
Fauconnier (FRA) Wins Grand Prix Of Italy
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ORMA Grand Prix
Cagliari, Sardinia

After races on Friday and Saturday, Sunday found just two points separating Karine FAUCONNIER'S Sergio Tacchini from Frank CAMMAS' Groupama. It all came down to the seventh and final race of the Grand Prix, in winds of 13 to 20 knots with huge wind shifts
Cammas covered Fauconnier from the start and went on to win the final race, but Fauconnier slipped between the battle for second place between Géant and Banque Populaire to take third place, enough to give her the Championship by just a single point.

Karine Fauconnier is the first woman to skipper a victory in an ORMA Grand Prix "it was hot: the emotions and stress today! We had a lot to gain but also a lot to lose. It is the kind of stress which I did not know until now!

Groupama never gave up anything and didn't make any mistakes. It is a great satisfaction because two months ago, when the boat was in building site, we had no idea that we would win a Grand Prix, we do not imagine that we would have such a great time with the boat and crew. Tactician Luc Pillot and N°1 Romain TROUBLÉ practically did not know the multihull and they immediately very quickly adapted "


The next event for the ORMA fleet is the Grand Prix of Marseille 4-6 July.



Final Results of the Cagliari Grand Prix after 7 races:

1- Karine Fauconnier (Sergio Tacchini) 1+1+2+2+2+1+3 = 12 points
2- Franck Cammas (Groupama) 3+2+1+3+1+2+1 = 13 points
3- Thomas Coville (Sodebo) 2+3+7+1+4+3+2 = 22 points
4- Michel Desjoyeaux (Géant) 5+5+3+4+3+5+4 = 29 points
5- Lalou Roucayrol (Banque Populaire) 4+4+5+5+5+4+5 = 32 points
6- Stève Ravussin (Banque Covefi) 6+6+4+7+6++6+6 = 41 points
7- Giovanni Soldini (TIM) 7+7+6+6+7+10+10 = 53 points
8- Lionel Lemonchois (Gitana) 9+8+9+9+9+7+7 = 58 points
9- Philippe Monnet (Sopra Group) 8+9+8+8+8+10+10 = 61 points

Current standings for the ORMA World Championship (after three events)

1- Groupama (0+0+2) = 2 points
2- Banque Populaire (4+6+5) = 15 points
3- Géant (2+12+4) = 18 points
4- Sodebo (5+15+3) = 23 points
5- Sergio Tacchini (13+18+0) = 35 points
6- Banque Covefi (9+21+6) = 36 points
7- Belgacom (3+39+DNS) = 54 points
8ex- Sopra Group (10+39+9) = 58 points
8ex- Gitana (11+39+8) = 58 points
8ex- Foncia (7+39+DNS) = 58 points
11- Bayer CropScience (8+39+DNS) = 59 points

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