Sur le site italien de Varese, Maximilian Seis (Bordeaux), à seulement 22 ans, est devenu samedi le nouveau Champion du Monde en formule Grand Prix.


FAI Sailplane Grand Prix - Series VI - World Final - Varese, Italy
1 - Maximilian Seis (FRA)
2 - Christophe Ruch (FRA)
3 - Sebastian Kawa (POL)
7 - Christophe Abadie (FRA)
14 - Didier Hauss (FRA)



 After a week of very exciting competition, French pilot Maximilian Seis, 22, was crowned Champion of the 6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship yesterday in Varese, Italy. Christophe Ruch, also from France, finished with the silver medal and Sebastian Kawa from Poland with the bronze.

The weather during the competition was good and allowed five good racing days with distances of around 200 km and average speeds up to 123 km/h. The last day’s race was challenging with deteriorating weather and eventually ended with no points being attributed because no competitor managed to finish the task.

Pilots from 10 countries fought hard for the title of World Champion. The reigning world Champion Didier Hauss (FRA) was unable to find his form in the Lombardy region unfamiliar to him. He was joined at this final by three of his fellow countrymen who all qualified in one of the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix qualifying events. The next strongest team to France was the Italian.Former World Champion Giorgio Galetto, Riccardo Brigliadori and Thomas Gostner - all from Italy - were the local favourites, none of whom managed to make the podium. Former World Champion Sebastian Kawa found the change to 18m class sailplanes tough and only managed third place with Christophe Ruch from France taking the silver medal on the podium.

The winner Maximilian Seis from France was the youngest competitor and one of the least experienced. He proved that talent and motivation are two of the most important factors in winning a FAI Sailplane Grand Prix. Seis won two of the races, was 4th in two, and placed 6th on the other race day, thus winning points on each day and flying very consistently.