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Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE won their first ever Audi MedCup Circuit regatta

Finishing second at two Trophy Regattas last year, in Cascais and on these same waters off the Sardinian capital, Jochen Schuemann and Sebastien Col and the international crew of Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE won their first ever Audi MedCup Circuit regatta today Sunday with a comfortable nine points margin over the Audi Azzurra Sailing Team who also completed their best overall finish of this 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit season so far.If Red and Blue were the dominant primary colours in the 52 Series, there was simply no stopping the green Iberdrola Sailing Team in the 40 Series.
Jose Maria Torcida (ESP) and his Spanish crew reigned supreme with five race wins from seven starts at the Soto 40's first regatta in Italy. In truth Iberdrola Sailing Team were ahead at the finish more times than not, but they were made to fight by all three other teams at different times. Iberdrola Sailing Team win their third successive regatta title.
The Franco-German alliance win the 52 Series' Region of Sardinia Trophy and put behind them a catalogue of weak early season finishes by composing a scoreline which included a telling victory in Saturday's high points value 25 miles coastal race and two race wins from this maximum nine race complement which was sailed on the Gulf of Cagliari.
Just as they got the best yet from their very powerful Vrolijk design which the crew have struggled to find the best gears for across the wind ranges, so also did Vasco Vascotto (ITA), Francesco Bruni (ITA) and the team which sail for Sardinia's Yacht Club Costa Smerelda.
The Audi backed 1-2 here, by the twins which were built on different sides of the world, Audi ALL4ONE in Australia and Audi Azzura in Valencia, highlighted not just a turnround of fortunes for the two teams which have struggled for consistency, but how open the Audi MedCup Circuit is this season.
Three different crews have now won successive 52 Series Trophy Regattas but Cascais Trophy winners Quantum Racing (USA) finished fifth overall here, one place behind the Marseille Trophy winners Container (GER), while Jose Cusí's Bribon (ESP) team secured their first podium finish of the season by taking third.

Region of Sardinia Trophy 52 Series Final results after nine races:
1. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One, GER/FR, 26.5 points
2. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, ITA, 35.5
3. Bribon, ESP, 37
4. Container, GER, 38
5. Quantum Racing, USA, 42
6. RAN, SWE, 43.5
7. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, RUS, 44.5
8. Gladiator, GBR, 85.5

40 Series Final results after 7 races:
1. Iberdrola Team, ESP, 9 points
2. Noticia IV, ESP, 15
3. Ngoni, GBR, 22
4. XXII Sardegna, IT, 24
5. Patagonia, ARG, 42

2011 Audi MedCup Circuit 52 Series Standings after 3 events
1. Quantum Racing, USA, 91
2. Container, GER, 31.5, 98
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, ITA, 105
4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, RUS, 121
5. Bribon, ESP, 122.5
5. Ran, SWE, 125.5
7. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One, GER/FR,128
8. Gladiator, GBR, 218
Owner Driver Trophy
Niklas Zenstrom, SWE, RAN, SWE

40 Series Classification after 3 events
1. Iberdrola Team, ESP, 36 points
2. Noticia IV, ESP, 62
3. XXII, ESP, 73
4. Ngoni, GBR, 81
5. Patagonia by Negra, ARG, 87

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