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ALARD gewinnt die ICARUS TROPHY 2018 in Afrika

August 7, 2018

Die Icarus Trophäe wird mit dem härtesten Air Race der Welt in Verbindung gebracht, wo PPG Piloten lange Strecken ohne Unterstützung zurücklegen. Hier geht es um ein fast 1000 Meilen Abenteuer Air Race, wo Piloten über einige der anspruchsvollsten Gebiete unseres Planeten fliegen.

Die Strecke der Icarus Trophy betrug dieses Jahr etwa 1200 km, wobei zwei internationale Grenzüberquerungen gefragt waren: zum einen von Südafrika nach Botswana, und zum anderen von Botswana nach Simbabwe. Das Rennen begann nördlich von Johannisburg, und endete in Vic Falls, Simbabwe.

Alard berichtet: “I had a great time! What a fun adventure! As the race was held in winter the flying conditions were pretty good. Cold mornings and manageable conditions during the day.

The Scariest moment was when Sebastian and I were out on a remote road in Zimbabwe doing some work on his motor after his throttle cable broke and 2 lions appeared on the road 50 m away. We managed to get a lift to safety with an overland truck.

The longest flying day was just over 500 km, with the longest flight 240 km. I was flying a Ozone Speedster 28 with a Parajet Zenith Polini Thor 200″

Alard’s mate and Ozone pilot Basjan van Heerden was flying Sirocco 2 26. Sebastian says: “The Icarus was very crazy! I was leading the last day but unfortunately my throttle lever broke down only 40 km before the finish line! I came 4th. The Sirocco 2 was fantastic, I did one flight of 6 hour and 301km without stopping, hit huge thermals for 3 hours up to 40 feet per second lift, no big collapses!”

Seems like Icarus Trophy 2018 in Africa was an epic adventure! Next year Brazil!

Cheers, from all the Ozone Team.