Audi Laser World Championship at Boltenhagen, Germany - Day 4
by Deike Maria Flemming on 7 May 2012
4-10 May 2012
Last day of qualifying series in Boltenhagen
After eight races with light and shifty winds as well as ever decreasing temperatures the qualifying series for the Audi Laser World Championship 2012 in Boltenhagen, Germany, is over and the fleets for the final series have been decided.
Australian Tom Slingsby is still at the top, ahead of the rest of the fleet with an enormous 20 point lead on Andreas Geritzer (AUT) who is currently at number two with 38 points. Moving up one place into the medal ranks is Tonci Stipanovic from Croatia.
Although the top ten spots have been shuffled around a bit everything is still to play for as Andreas Geritzer in second place is only twelve points ahead of Rutger Schaardenburg (NED) at number ten. Recovering nicely from his non discardable disqualification yesterday is Olympic champion Paul Goodison (GBR) who moves up from 37th to 22nd place after a scoring a seventh and fourth place in today's races.
Also able to improve were Germany's top two contenders in the Laser class: Simon Grotelüschen who is representing his country at the Olympic Games in Weymouth this year moves up one place to eighth in the overall results after achieving a third and seventh place today. Currently there are only two points separating him and Maxim Semerkhanov (RUS) in seventh place and a mere seven points between Grotelüschen and a potential medal. Finishing second in the second race of the day means fellow countryman Philipp Buhl leaps from 27th to 19th place overall.
Full results can be found here and live tweets from the races here.