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Damien Iehl Takes Victory at Match Race France

Champagne shower time as Damien Iehl win their home race,
Match Race France. Photo: Chris Davies/WMRT
Damien Iehl and his French Match Racing Team made the perfect start to their World Match Racing Tour season after defeating Bertrand Pace's Aleph Sailing Team in an all French Final at Match Race France in Marseille.
This was Iehl’s second ever victory on the World Match Racing Tour following his win at Match Race Germany in 2008 and his early justification for being awarded a Tour Card for the 2011 season.
The victory caps a week in which the Frenchman has been in majestic form, firstly by Qualifying in second position, then defeating the 2003 Tour Champion Jesper Radich (DEN) 3-1 in the Semi-Finals and finally Pace in the first all French Final on the Tour since 2007.
14/05/2011- Marseille (FRA,13) - Match Race France -
Day 5 - final Iehl-Pac
Commenting on his win, Iehl said: “It has been a tense week but to win the event here is perfect. It’s a reward for all the hard work we’ve been doing over the last six years. We feel it’s our time now. We know Mathieu [Richard] won Match Race France last year but didn’t win the Tour so winning it is our objective now.”

Results from Match Race France 
Damien Iehl (FRA) v Bertrand Pace (FRA) 2-0
Petit-Final Torvar Mirsky (AUS) v Jesper Radich (DEN) 2-1

2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings (after Stage 1)
  1. Damien Iehl - 25pts
  2. Bertrand Pace - 22pts
  3. Torvar Mirsky - 19pts
  4. Jesper Radich - 16pts
  5. Pierre Antoine Morvan - 14pts
  6. Francesco Bruni - 12pts
  7. Peter Gilmour - 10pts
  8. Alvaro Marinho - 8pts
  9. Phil Robertson - 4pts
  10. Ian Williams - 2pts

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