Quantum Racing wins Breitling Regatta trophy, the fourth regatta in the Audi MedCup Circuit
Just as they did in Cagliari earlier this month when they won the Audi Region of Sardinia Trophy, Quantum Racing proved the dominant force in Peurto Portals, Mallorca when they added the 14th Breitling Regatta trophy, winning this fourth regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008.
Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the crew became the first team since 2006 to win back-to-back MedCup regattas when the AP over A flags were finally hoisted.
A breeze which was just too light and too unsettled across the race area to allow any competition before the 1600 time limit meant Quantum Racing (USA) returned to the dock victorious, winning by 14 points over Alberto Roemmers’ second placed Matador (ARG). Just as it was the 2007 build Matador’s first podium result of the season so third place here for Jochen Schuemann (GER) and the crew of Platoon Powered by Team Germany, was, like Matador”s also their best regatta yet this season.
Quantum Racing arrived in Mallorca with a lead of 6.2 points on the overall Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 standings, and leave the chic, compact marina town having built a cushion of 30 points.
Moving up to second place in the overall standings are the reigning 2007 MedCup Champions Artemis (SWE). Torbjorn Tornqvist’s team which has John Kostecki (USA) calling tactics finished fourth here in Portals.
Consistent Quantum Racing underpinned their winning performance at the 14th Breitling Regatta when they won both sections of the 34 mile coastal race across the Bay of Palma on Thursday, winning one race yesterday and counting five second places from the nine races.
Early in the regatta, the 2006 champions Mean Machine looked like they had bounced back from a maximum points coastal race disqualification in Marseille and were making ready to give Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum Racing Team a run to the finish of the season, but a disastrous Coastal Race when they collected 29 points from a maximum of 30, and then compounded their dismay by adding another 14th on Friday’s first race, leaves Peter de Ridder (NED) and his team with a mountain to climb.
But their travails serve as a salutary reminder of just how competitive this Audi MedCup Circuit fleet is, and the standard simply gets higher with each event.
14th Breitling Regatta, Puerto Portals, Mallorca
Final results after nine races:
1. Quantum Racing, USA, 32
2. Matador, ARG, 46
3. Platoon powered by Team Germany, GER, 52
4. Artemis, SWE, 54
5. Mean Machine, MON, 66
6. Mutua Madrilena, ESP, 68
7. Bribon, ESP, 74
8. Audi Q8, ITA, 91
9. Rusal Synergy, RUS, 92
10. El Desafio, ESP, 94
Audi MedCup Circuit 2008
standings after 34 races
(Alicante, Marseille, Cagliari and Mallorca):
1. Quantum Racing, USA, 161
2. Artemis, SWE, 191
3. Bribon, ESP, 209.2
4. Mean Machine, MON, 224
5. Matador, ARG, 238
6. Platoon by Team Germany, GER, 242
7. Mutua Madrilena, ESP, 268.4
8. El Desafio, ESP, 301
9. CxG Corporacion Caixa Galicia, ESP, 328.6
10. Audi Q8, ITA, 357
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