USA Places Close Second AT AWAC
Team USA members raise the silver trophy at the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships award ceremony in Radom, Poland.
August 17, 2006 — Led by a very strong freestyle sequence, the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team finished a close second to Russia at the Advanced World Championships held in Radom, Poland, August 3-13. Team medals are based on the scores of the top three pilots from each country. For the USA, Rob Holland (Ultimate 100-300) finished second overall with 78.51%; Jeff Boerboon (Extra 300 L) was fourth overall (77.76%); and Hector Ramirez (Extra 300 L) fifth overall (77.56%). Russia's top three were Alexander Kurylev (SU-29), first overall (79.90%); Mikhail Pereverzev (SU-29), third overall (77.83%); and Anton Berkutov (SP-55), 7th overall (77.29%).
Other USA scores included Todd Whitmer (Edge 540T), 16th (74.64%); Mike Gallaway (Zlin 50LS), 23rd (74.05%); Steve Johnson (Pitts S-2B), 24th, (73.85%); Don Peterson (Zlin 50LS), 37th (71.37%); Robbie Gibbs (Extra 230), 46th (69.42%); and Walt Plentis (Extra 230), 58th, (62.89%).
"Overall the team is very happy with our final standing and the real competition we gave the Russians," Ramirez said. "Had the unknowns been flown, we feel confident that we would have brought home the ultimate prize. I think it can only strengthen our resolve for the Gold at the next AWAC."
The French team took home third place, followed by Czech Republic and South Africa rounding out the top five. Overall there were 64 pilots competing from 19 nations.