And into the lead...

Bundock and Ashby turn on the gas and take pole with one day to go at Tornado Worlds

Friday February 29th 2008, Author: Jodie Bakewell-White, Location: United Kingdom
  • Solid day for Bundock and Ashby including a 16th to 6th recovery in race eight sees them move into the lead
  • Previous leaders, the French team of Guichard and Guyander, have slipped to third, but are still in overall contention
  • Britain's Olympic Tornado team are languishing in 18th
  • A blustery final day is expected in Auckland on Saturday

ISAF ranked world number1’s Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby of Australia were untouchable in race seven of the 2008 Tornado World Championship and have now taken the overall lead going into the final day on Saturday.

On the breeziest day of the regatta so far, racing was fast and exciting with a 15-20 knot north easterly, choppy seas and sunny skies. Racing got underway on schedule at 1 o’clock and another two races were sailed; eight races are now completed with two more planned for tomorrow to decide the world title.

Rocketing off the start line in race seven the world ranked number one Australians pulled out to a comfortable lead which they maintained throughout the race crossing way ahead of Roland Gaebler and Gunnar Struckman of Germany who were 2nd.

The Aussies didn’t fair so well in race 8 and were in 16th place at the first mark rounding. Despite this they fought their way back to finish a respectable 6th which sees them take the overall lead after starting the day in second. With just two races remaining Bundock and Ashby are on 34 points and have a four point buffer over second place.

Leaders since day two, Guichard and Guyander of France slipped to now sit in 3rd place overall after a disappointing day on the water today. 5th in race 7 and then 23rd in race 8 they take a tumble from the lead but still have the title well in their grasp if they can out perform the other top contenders on the final day.

Both Guichard and Guyander, and Canada’s Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle are equal on 39 points just five points back from the new leaders.


At the other end of the fleet Australia's Allan Gamble & Kim Nicholas take it down the mine.

The on form Canadians who are yet to qualify their country for an Olympic spot brought home a two more solid race results today with a 7th and a 4th which means they’re looking good for a podium spot if they can finish well. Not surprisingly they remain the best placed of the ten countries fighting for national Olympic qualification.

Austria has overtaken New Zealand in this race for an Olympic berth despite a mixed day on the water. Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher recorded a DNF in race 7 but came out guns blazing in race 8 taking their first race win at this World Championship. While they slip out of the top ten from 9th overall back to 11th they did fair better than the kiwis today who fell from 7th overall to 12th just behind the Austrians.
Local favourites Aaron McIntosh and Mark Kennedy will be disappointed with their on water showing on the penultimate day; however they still look well placed to earn an Olympic berth for New Zealand. In race 7 they were 24th which becomes their discard race and were 15th in race 8 which sees them slip out of the top ten and back to 12th overall.

Blustery north easterlies and rain are predicted off Takapuna, North Shore City tomorrow for the final day of the 2008 Tornado World Championship. Racing is scheduled to start earlier than previously with race 9 set to get underway at 11am.


Nat Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st AUS Darren Bundock Glen Ashby 14 -23 2 2 8 1 1 6 57 34
2nd CAN Oskar Johansson Kevin Stittle -21 1 3 1 4 19 7 4 60 39
3rd FRA Yann Guichard Alexandre Guyader 4 9 1 3 13 4 5 -23 62 39
4th GER Roland Gaebler Gunnar Struckman 3 3 4 9 -30 18 2 5 74 44
5th ITA Francesco Marcolini Edoardi Bianchi 11 7 10 5 1 (52 OCS) 10 2 98 46
6th NED Mitch Booth Pim Nieuwenhuis 7 2 6 8 -26 22 4 3 78 52
7th ESP Fernando Echavarri Anton Paz 1 14 8 11 23 (52 OCS) 6 7 122 70
8th USA John Lovell Charlie Ogletree 2 5 29 (52 DNF) 3 16 3 13 123 71
9th FRA Xavier Revil Cristophe Espagnon 18 12 14 6 6 (52 OCS) 8 8 124 72
10th FRA Billy Besson Arnaud Jarlegan 19 -20 7 4 5 6 16 16 93 73
11th AUT Roman Hagara Hans Peter Steinacher 10 25 12 15 2 9 (52 DNF) 1 126 74
12th NZL Aaron McIntosh Mark Kennedy 17 8 5 7 10 13 -24 15 99 75
13th ARG Santiago Lange Carlos Espinola 15 10 13 12 -17 8 12 10 97 80
14th GRE Iordanis Paschalidis Konstantine Trigonis 6 -24 20 16 9 5 17 12 109 85
15th GBR Andrew Walsh Edward Barney 5 4 21 -28 22 10 14 14 118 90
16th UKR Pavlo Kalynchev Andrey Shaufranyuk 9 19 -24 21 15 15 11 9 123 99
17th RUS Andrey Kirilyuk Valery Ushkov 16 13 15 13 -33 12 18 19 139 106
18th GBR Leigh McMillan Will Howden 20 21 9 (52 DNF) 14 24 9 11 160 108
19th BEL Carolijn Brouwer Sebbe Godefroid 12 11 19 10 27 (52 OCS) 15 21 167 115
20th GBR Rob Wilson Mark Bulkeley 13 15 11 23 21 -30 13 22 148 118
21st GER Johannes Polgar Florian Spalteholz 27 22 18 14 20 3 19 (52 OCS) 175 123
22nd ESP Toni Rivas Fabian Escude 34 6 -36 17 25 7 20 17 162 126
23rd DEN Allan Norregaard Michael Risoer 22 18 17 22 11 17 21 (52 OCS) 180 128
24th PUR Enrique Figueroa Jorge Hernandez 8 17 28 32 31 11 27 (52 OCS) 206 154
25th GBR John Gimson Stuart Bithell 26 -29 16 27 18 20 23 25 184 155
26th NZL Bruce Kendall Blair Tuke 31 -38 30 24 7 21 31 18 200 162
27th GER Tino Mittelmeier Niko Mittelmeier 23 32 (52 DNF) 29 16 2 30 33 217 165
28th AUT Thomas Zajac Thomas Czajka 29 16 25 31 -32 14 32 24 203 171
29th RUS Sergey Dzhienbaev Maxim Semenov 24 -40 27 20 19 25 35 26 216 176
30th NZL Rex Sellers Brett Sellers 32 26 23 -33 24 27 22 27 214 181
31st GBR Tom Phipps Marcus Lynch 43 (52 DNF) 22 19 28 23 26 28 241 189
32nd CHN You Jia Lu Xiu Ke Chen 30 37 34 25 12 (52 OCS) 28 29 247 195
33rd BRA Bruno Di Bernaldi Mario Tinoco 33 27 35 26 29 (52 OCS) 25 34 261 209
34th AUS Brett Burvill Ryan Duffield 35 33 32 30 34 26 -37 20 247 210
35th AUS Rohan langworthy Jack Benson 25 34 31 18 -40 35 38 32 253 213
36th NZL Nigel Williams Jeremy Stephenson 38 36 26 -39 37 33 33 30 272 233
37th POL Piotr Kowalewski Maciey Klosowicz 37 31 33 34 -42 32 29 38 276 234
38th GER Eckart Kaphengst Rasmus Toepsch 28 30 (52 DNF) 52 DNC 36 34 34 31 297 245
39th NZL Dave Shaw Susan Shaw 36 35 37 37 -38 31 36 36 286 248
40th NZL Paul Francis Aaron Duncan 40 28 (52 DNF) 36 41 36 41 35 309 257
41st VEN Saba Yamil Cendiza Gonzalo 39 39 38 -41 35 29 40 37 298 257
42nd AUS Damian Ford Mark Edmonds (52 DNS) 41 40 35 45 28 39 39 319 267
43rd CHN Bo Lin Shan Feng Yang 44 42 39 38 -48 41 42 40 334 286
44th AUS Paul Peterson Matt Thackray 42 44 44 44 39 40 45 -46 344 298
45th NZL David Mead Chris Burgess -48 43 42 40 47 43 46 42 351 303
46th AUS Allan Gamble Kim Nicholas 46 46 45 42 -49 37 47 45 357 308
47th GER/NZL Justus Wolf Justus Maus 45 45 43 46 -51 45 44 43 362 311
48th AUS/GBR Stephen Medwell Stuart Offer 41 (52 DNF) 41 43 46 39 52 DNF 52 DNC 366 314
49th CHN An Jie Lu Xie Hai Zhuang 47 (52 DNF) 48 45 50 42 43 41 368 316
50th NZL William Caunce Andrew Springford (52 DNF) 47 46 47 44 38 52 DNF 44 370 318
51st AUS Paul Raymond Nicholas Raymond -49 48 47 48 43 44 48 47 374 325

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