2015 Jul.

High Suspense at the 2015 European Championships in Hungary

Sebastian Kawa is European Champion, Top Placings for the ASG 32 pilots

Akemi and Makoto Ichikawa

ichikawa_makoto_akemiSeldom has a gliding championship been as suspenseful as the 2015 European Championship at Öcsény, Hungary.

Especially in the 20m two-seater class the tight standings at the top meant nothing was decided until the very end. And then it turned out that one solitary point was the difference between first and second place.

Sebastian Kawa

kawa_sebastian 012In the 18m class, Sebastian Kawa (PL) was once again able to win the European Championship with his ASG 29 with steady top daily results.

Congratulations to Sebastian Kawa

Starting with an eighth place on the first day, he was able to steadily work his way to the top during the course of the competition and achieved a clear victory at the end. ASG 29 pilot Lubor Kuvik (SK) had the lead for a few days but couldn’t quite finish the task on day six which led to an eighth place finish at the end of the competition.

Roman Mracek

Roman Mracek

Roman Mracek had better luck and was also able to work his way up the standings with two daily wins, finally ending up with second place overall in his ASG 29.

Four other ASG 29 pilots ended up in the top ten, namely Tomas Krok (PL, 4th), Yves Jeanmotte (B, 5th), Radek Krejcirik (CZ, 6th), and Claus Triebel (D, 7th), putting a total of 7 ASG 29 pilots in the top ten.

Ichikawa lacked one single point at the end – Barszcz and Matkowski won second place

Jakub Barszcz and Christoph Matkowski

Jakub Barszcz and Christoph Matkowski

High suspense was the rule in the 20m two-seater class with constant lead changes. The Polish team of Jakub Barszcz and Christoph Matkowksi were second on the first day and led the standings after day 2, even though they only made their first flights with the ASG 32 at this competition.

The second ASG 32 was flown “hors concours” by the Japanese pilots Makoto and Akemi Ichikawa. They too had never flown this aicraft before the competition but nevertheless had constant high daily placings, even leading the competition from day six to day eight.

Sebastian Kawa

Sebastian Kawa

With the really tight standings among the top three, the last competition day could not have been more suspenseful. Even though Makoto and Akemi Ichikawa missed top place by only one point with their total of 7670, we are extremely happy that the ASG 32 pilots were able to make such a good impression with their top final placings, particularly since Jakub Barszcz and Christoph Matkowski came in third overall, only 27 points behind the winners. This officially won them second place in the competition.

We would also like to congratulate the pilots in all classes for their achievements.

More information: egc2015.hu