Primoz Gricar flying his new Combat L placed first in Swiss Championship 2008-05-16
Primoz Gricar writes:

For me the Suisse championship began 5 days earlier, as I was kindly invited by Suisse Aeros Dealer Markus Eggimann to stay with him and his family in Bern.  So I could help performing his Aeros Demo event in Interlaken, 70 km away from Stans, which would be the SM 08 flying site. This gave me the oportunity to get to know my new fresh Combat 13L a little better and to find the settings which would allow me to use the Suiss flying conditions most optimally. Markus´s experience was a great help.
Sprog settings, which prooved to be the best compromise, to counteract the brutal Suiss Alps Thermals, were surprisingly at the factory settings level.
After five days of flying in Interlaken, I headed on to Stans, where Regina was already waiting for me.
We took one day of rest, and on next day the SM 08 begun.
It took us an hour to reach the Haldigrat launch on 1930m a.s.l., which was still covered by deep snow.
Very soon after launch I saw that the tuning work in Interlaken was very important. Strong thermals and bumpy transitions have made our glides quite a challenge. Soon it was clear, that the glider is performing very well.
After second day Mario Alonsi has showed us his bent steel harness rod, where the slider is travelling on.
On third day my max. vario showed 13.3 m/s when climbing.  Thermaling in under 4m/s lift was a clear time loss.
First day was won by Alex Ploner, second day by me, third day by Christian Chiech, and fourth day by Richie Meier.
Until the last day I was overall on 3. place, after Christian and Alex, but they came in late so the 3. place of the day was enough for me to get the overall victory.
The results are at http://www.deltaclub-stans.ch/sm08/

The organisers really gave their best, transportation to the takeoff and retrieve for over 80 pilots were taken care of, the organiser provided also breakfast and goal snacks and drinks for the pilots, also live music, media coverage and occasionall dinner were not missing. Many thanks for that!!

Also special thanks to Aeros for providing such good material!

Congratulations to Primoz Cricar!

Pace
Name, Glider
Total
1
GRICAR, Primoz, (Aeros Combat L) 3501
2
CIECH, Christian, (Laminar 14.1 Z9) 3471
3
PLONER, Alex, (Laminar 14.1 Z9) 3430
4
HÄRRI, Martin, (Moyes Litespeed) 3393
5
MEIER, Richi, (Aeros Combat L) 3383
6
RIZO SALOM, Luis, (Moyes Litespeed RS3.5) 3315
7
HERRMANN, Franz, (Aeros Combat 14 L) 3218
8
VOIBLET, Christian, (Aeros Combat L) 3089
9
ALONZI, Mario, (Aeros Combat L) 3067
10
HAAS, Manfred, (Wills Wing T2) 3049