China climbs Marseille SailGP
Marseille, France (September 21, 2019) - Phil Robertson and China SailGP Team triumphed in the penultimate day of the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final with an all-time first win.
Meanwhile, the battle between Tom Slingsby's Australian team and Nathan Outteridge's Japanese team continued ahead of tomorrow's $ 1 million doubles final as rivals changed the day to win the other two.
The victory is impressive for the Chinese, who doubted they could show up at the racetrack early in the morning. Since the grinder Liu 'Black' Xue was suffering from a back injury and the grinder Liu 'Leo' Ming suffered from serious gastrointestinal problems, Robertson had no choice but to give up the day's racing as the team did not qualify for the race.
When Ming heard that his team couldn't compete in his absence, he decided to push through the discomfort. The decision finally put the Chinese team on the podium after a difficult season.
“We did everything we could to get out of there. We convinced everyone to take us to the race and our boys said they would feel better if we started the race and put it on the right track, ”said Robertson. “It's fantastic. The win is great, it's been a bit of a tough match against top teams like Australia and Japan, but we won from the last day of the season - it's a big payoff. "
"Frankly, we thought we would compete on the last day of SailGP Season 1," Robertson said. “We knew we were third in the event with six points. None of us talked, gave us any respect, so much of the focus was on scolding those guys and fighting for third place. This is a great location to stay. "
The weather at the Rade Nord Racecourse was lighter than forecast for the day, and six national teams were challenged to find what was out there by randomly playing more tactical steers.
Although they had secured their place in the Championship final tomorrow, rivals Slingsby and Outteridge were aggressive during today's match. Australia finished first in the day - with one win and two runners-up, Japan finished first, second and fourth. Both teams will be dueling tomorrow. The 10-minute race will determine the overall SailGP champion and US dollar winner.
“We are constantly told that Nathan is better than us in difficult winds, that he starts better than us and that his maneuvers are better than us. But we are ahead of him, ”Slingsby said.
The Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final continues tomorrow with two fleet races and a final race, with Australia and Japan already achieving the top two overall standings. In the first two fleet races, only boats that are not qualified for the qualifying race final will participate before the show between Slingsby and Outteridge.
Founded in 2018 and based in London and San Francisco, SailGP aims to be an annual global sports league that includes fan-centric beach lace racing in some iconic ports around the world, culminating in a million dollar racing race. Competing national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States will battle it out with identical winged engines, the F50 catamarans, designed to cross 50 knots.
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