last day of competition
13:00 Second Competition Day
The weather situation today is a little bit more complicated. We have a strong wind from south-west and many rain showers will develop during the day. That’s why the task is quite short today. The competitors have to manage a 215km long track to the south and hopefully they can come back in front of the rain-front that’s coming from the south.
14:00 Second Competition Day
All aircrafts are scaled now and the result of the day is a clear statement. Without thermals or at least with low thermal activity the DA40-TDI is the best cruising aircraft of the starting-field. With an average speed of 194,1 km/h the team Daniel Hirt and Markus Becker won the day. Nevertheless the Ventus cM proofed that a glider can be used as a cruising aircraft as well, even in bad weather conditions. Anyhow the Ventus had the lowest fuel-consumption with 5,5 l/100km today. But in this competition this is not what counts. The speed with 95 km/h was too low to win.
With this second competition day the GSC 2014 is finished. It was once more a very exciting race. Together with the training day the GSC-Team could collect a big set of flight data to improve the theories of efficient flying.
The winner of the GSC 2014 is the DA-40TDI. Its Diesel-Engine proofed that it is able to handle those low power settings that are needed to reduce the fuel-consumption below 8-9l / 100km. Daniel Hirt tested a new mapping of the FADEC-controlled injection engine, to reduce the energy consumption even more than in the last years. Obviously he made a good job. The DA-40TDI flies still with around 105kts at this minimum-power-setting.
The 2nd place took the Ventus and its Pilot Frank Borrmann. The Ventus was able to compensate the low engine performance with the excellent gliding performance. The points on the first competition day were enough to reach the high total scoring.
The third place was won by the STEMME S6-RT. On the training day the S6-RT could show how efficient thermals can be used during powered flights. With an average speed of almost 160km/h it consumed only 6,1l/100km. On the 2nd competition day the S6-RT had no chance to use the thermals but even with these conditions it was able to reach an average speed of 147 km/h and a consumption of 7,2l/100km.