by Joy Dunigan
This forthcoming weekend, round three of the 2014 Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series circuit organized by BPSE Sports&Events in coordination with Melges Europe commences with three days and eight scheduled races featuring fierce competition and sixteen masterful Melges 32 teams.
Melges 32 Audi-Tron Sailing Series
Still fired up after their respective wins in Napoli and Porto Ercole, Richard Goransson's Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden with tactician Morgan Larson, and Andrea Ferrari with Jesper Radich calling the shots on Spirit of Nerina return in true form, ready to race in an effort to add yet another trophy to their collections.
For Ferrari, Talamone will be key as he is the current 2014 Series leader, only four points ahead of Valentin Zavadnikov's Synergy GT in second. Edoardo Lupi on Torpyone is currently third and has had a banner year thus far with Lorenzo Bressani by his side. Mauro Mocchegiani's Fratelli Giacomel Audi E-Tron and Filippo Pacinotti's Brontolo H/H round out the top five in fourth and fifth.
Returning to the stage after being absent in Porto Ercole are two highly competitive Italian teams, sure to be in contention for a prize - 2014 Melges 32 Miami Winter Regatta Champion and Mini Maxi Volcano Race winner Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima, and Alessandro Rombelli's STIG with Star Class Olympic Gold Medallist (London 2012) Freddy Loof serving as tactician.
A robust social schedule is planned. On Thursday, teams will enjoy a welcome cocktail gathering at the Audi hospitality tent, a drink party at Circolo della vela Talamone sponsored by Series logistics partner Kuehne + Nagel will be held on Friday evening, and a crew party is planned for Saturday night.
As in the past, the start of the Audi Tron Sailing Series means the return of the Audi test drives too. Anyone can demo the A3 g-tron, S3 Sportback, Admired A1, SQ5 and RS6 Avant. For further details, please call 345.9585343, or e-mail.
The Audi Tron Sailing Series has reconfirmed its innovative style with a brand new mobile app - now available on Google Play and iTunes Apple Store for free.
Full Entry List
1.) Carlo Perrone/Andrea Casale, Atlantica 19
2.) Filippo Pacinotti/Gabrio Zandona, Brontolo H/H
3.) Andrea LaCorte/Andrea Fornaro, Celedrin/Vitamina
4.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Branko Brcin, Fratelli Giacomel Audi E-Tron
5.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapagio/Hugo Rocha, G Spot
6.) Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden
7.) Giovanni Arturo di Lorenzo/Matteo Ivaldi, Malafemenna
8.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabrielle Benussi, Mascalzone Latino
9.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima
10.) Valerio Bartoleschi/Carlo Gugliemo Cattaneo, RYMIG
11.) Andrea Ferrari/Jesper Radich, Spirit of Nerina
12.) Alessandro Rombelli/Freddy Loof, STIG
13.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT
14.) Pavel Kunetsov/Eugeniy Neugodnikov, Tavatuy
15.) Edoardo Lupi/Lorenzo Bressani, Torpyone
16.) Fritz Homann/Nicola Celon, Wilma
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