Sroka and Piscopo are leading the Slalom Europeans after Day 1
Three eleiminations were completed on the first day of the Slalom European Championships in Gizzeria, Italy, with Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha/Aguera) and Maria Ruth Piscopo (ITA, Brunotti/Ozone) taking the lead.
The first elimination was run as a round robin where groups of riders competed against each other for points. After a total of 14 heats, Sroka had the best score ahead of Julien Kerneur (FRA, RRD) and Maxime Nocher (FRA, North). In the womens fleet Piscopo won all her heats except one disqualification and took first in this elimination ahead of Mathilde Serin (FRA, Naish) and Arianna Cau (ITA, Best).
After the lunch break the fleet was re-seeded for a half fleet race. Kerneur was disqualified in the final for a too agressive manouver at the mark, giving room to Lorenzo Giovanelli (ITA, Temavento/Slingshot) to win the final ahead of Sroka and Giovanni Santostefano (ITA, NJS, Ozone). The womens final was dominated by Piscoto ahead of Cau and Vanina Puteri (ITA, RRD).
The competition day concluded with a full fleet race for both fleets, with Santostefano taking victory in a heartbeat finish ahead of Giovanelli and Nocher.
Competition continues tomorrow and everything is set for a continuation of the battle between France and Italy.
Results after 3 Eliminations:
1. Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha/Aguera) - 2.7 points
2. Lorenzo Giovanelli (ITA, Temavento/Slingshot) - 2.7 points
3. Giovanelli Santostefano (ITA, NJS, Ozone) - 3.7 points
1. Maria Ruth Piscopo (ITA, Brunotti/Ozone) - 1.4 points
2. Arianna Cau (ITA, Best) - 4.5
3. Mathilde Serin (FRA, Naish) - 5.5 points
Full results at http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/slalomeuropeans2012.pdf