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Quantum Racing Win 2016 TP52 World Title

Quantum Racing of Doug DeVos (USA) closed out their fifth TP52 world title with a solid, workmanlike fifth in the last race of the 52 World Championship in Menorca on Sunday.

Their title victory was marked by an emotional roller coaster of a weekend during which they were pressed hard by the defending champions, Azzurra of Pablo/Alberto Roemmers (ARG) who composed a hot streak of three back to back wins.

A Black Flag Disqualification in the second race Saturday more than doubled the pressure.

After starting Saturday, the penultimate day of the championship, with a lead of 17 points and no race finish worse than third from the six starts, Quantum Racing fell victims to a black flag disqualification in Race 8.

With Azzurra’s back to back wins and Quantum’s 13pt penalty included into their scorelines there was then just nine points separating the two going into the final day.

Super Sunday, the world championship finale delivered tension and drama in equal measure.

Quantum Racing found themselves on the wrong side of one big windshift, to the right, on the first beat of the day’s first race.

Azzurra read it best and only had to make one short tack to make the first turn. Quantum had to dig deep and managed to battle back to fifth. But within three races their overall lead was cut to just five points.

Under mounting pressure Quantum Racing did what they had to, marking Azzurra early after the start. The 2015 defending champions tried a bold move, tacking away to try and put boats between them and Quantum Racing. But after trading two tacks with Gladiator, Azzurra dropped positions.

While Paul Cayard steered Phoenix to a runaway win, a high note to finish their first TP52 class regatta on, Quantum Racing could consolidate. Their second fifth place of the day secured the team owned by Doug DeVos the 2016 world title to add to those won in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Azzurra finished runners up despite winning five of the ten races. A weighty 10th place in the second race of the series after their pedestal winch failed on the run, and finally they blew up a spinnaker on the run in to the finish.

TP52 SUPER SERIES – 52 World Championship - Final Standings

1. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (2,1,1,2,1,3,2,BFG13,5,5) 35pts
2. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (1,10,7,1,6,7,1,1,1,10) 45pts
3. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (6,7,3,6,4,1,3,7,10,3) 50pts
4. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (9,2,2,10,2,2,10,6,2,6) 51pts
5. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (8,8,9,11,3,4,7,4,8) 65pts
6. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (5,3,5,7,12,8,4,9,7,7) 67pts
7. Alegre, GBR (Andrés Soriano USA) (7,5,6,8,9,12,6,5,8,2) 68pts
8. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (4,4,10,4,8,11,9,11,12,4) 77pts
9. Phoenix, USA (Richard Cohen USA) (10,9,11,5,10,10,BFG13,3,6,1) 78pts
10. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (11,11,12,3,7,9,8,2,4,12) 79pts
11. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (3,DNF/13,8,9,5,5,11,10,9,9) 82pts
12. Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (12,6,4,12,11,6,5,8,11,11) 86pts

TP52 SUPER SERIES – Overall Standings -After 4 regattas

1. Quantum Racing, 113 pts
2. Azzurra, 180 pts
3. Rán Racing, 191 pts
4. Provezza, 196 pts
5. Platoon, 207 pts
6. Bronenosec Gazprom, 210 pts
7. Alegre, 225 pts
8. Sled, 232 pts.
9. Gladiator, 283 pts
10. XIO Hurakan, 362 pts
11. Paprec Recyclage, 364.2 pts