The PWA event in Costa Brava started off with good conditions, however the last days were without wind and the competitors were desperate to carry on with the racing. So at the start of yesterday Matteo Iachino was still sitting with second place. Thankfully, the wind filled in and he thrived under the pressure to assert himself at the top of the rankings after clinically clinching victory in the second elimination.
At this point Matteo may have been forgiven for thinking that he had the win in the bag, but with time still left in the day it was soon announced that another elimination would be held. To his credit he responded in the perfect fashion as he effortlessly navigated his way into the winners’ final – seemingly unnerved by the prospect of tasting victory for the first time. Once in the final the pressure was effectively off, but Matteo may not have been aware of the math securing his place at the top – either way he maintained his professionalism to take home an excellent fourth place. Elimination four was started but with the wind becoming more fickle the racing was soon abandoned and the Italian could finally bask in his well deserved glory! Super happy for you Matteo & well deserved!
Matteo after the race:
“It’s an unbelievable result – I can’t believe it. The racing itself was tough with the gusty conditions making timing the start difficult. In the final I took advantage of a small gybing mistake by Malte Reuscher and from there I managed to hold onto the lead. Afterwards a new race was announced and my stress levels were super high. I went for it again and everything went well – finishing fourth – on the way back to the beach I was counting and thought that maybe I had a chance of winning, so I couldn’t believe it when it was real. It was really nice to win and the whole time I was also thinking about Alberto. I just want to take the opportunity now to thank Alberto because without him I would’ve never believed that I could be where I am right now. Basically it’s thank to him that I am here – he’s the one that made me start to believe that my dream could come true. Thanks, Alby.”
After race two had been completed Pierre Mortefon sent out a warning signal to the rest of his rivals that he is still a serious contender for the world title. The Frenchman was unlucky in the opening race – suffering a problem with his harness line which resulted in a quarterfinal exit – however, with the bit between his teeth and the determination to keep himself within touching distance of the leading pack. Pierro dug dip to reel off an emphatic victory in race three and finished 4th for the event, which puts him in 2nd at the current PWA ranking!
Overall Results Catalunya PWA World Cup – Men’s Slalom:
1st Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North)
2nd Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic)
3rd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
4th Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)
5th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
This is also a very proud moment for Fanatic and the whole team! We are sitting in 1st place Slalom and 1st overall @ the PWA Constructors ranking for the moment – great job to all!
More info: https://www.pwaworldtour.com/