In contrast, fellow Brits MORRISON and RHODES could only manage a twelfth in the opening race but went on to finishes of 3, 4 and 2 to take the overall lead. Olympic Champions Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP) also mixed three good finishes with one outside the top ten, ending the day with a 6, 6, 14, 4 record that sees them fall back one place to fourth overall.
After winning the qualifying series, but then having a disappointing first day in the final series, the SIBELLO brothers came back to their top form yesterday. They followed their opening bullet with another, came in seventh in race eight, before ending the day with another bullet to move within six points of the leaders and five in front of DRAPER and HISCOCKS.
The battle for medals today looks set to take place between these four top teams, although Allan NØRREGAARD and Jonatan PERSSON (DEN) are only 20 points off the medals in fifth and will have the backing of the home fans, whilst Olympic silver medallists Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK (UKR) are tied with the Danes on 56 points.
Top Ten After Nine Races
|1||GBR||Stevie MORRISON||Ben RHODES||2||2||1||5||6||(12)||3||4||2||25|
|2||ITA||Pietro SIBELLO||Gianfranco SIBELLO||1||(23)||5||4||11||1||1||7||1||31|
|3||GBR||Chris DRAPER||Simon HISCOCKS||3||3||2||2||3||3||9||(12)||11||36|
|4||ESP||Iker MARTINEZ||Xabier FERNANDEZ||12||8||6||1||1||6||6||(14)||4||44|
|5||DEN||Allan NØRREGAARD||Jonatan PERSSON||5||(24)||10||3||4||5||14||10||5||56|
|6||UKR||Rodion LUKA||George LEONCHUK||4||6||11||7||10||8||4||6||(18)||56|
|7||POL||Marcin CZAJKOWSKI||Krzysztof KIERKOWSKI||8||7||3||6||12||18||(23)||2||3||59|
|8||USA||Morgan LARSON||Pete SPAULDING||7||1||15||9||2||(OCS)||2||16||13||65|
|9||DEN||Peter HANSEN||Søren HANSEN||10||14||(17)||8||16||13||10||5||14||90|
|10||AUT||Nico DELLE KARTH||Niko RESCH||6||4||12||10||8||(OCS)||12||15||24||91|