Italo-norwegian Alex Polli claimed victory in record braking fashion at the ProBASE Track Race 2012 at Kjerag in Norway, ahead of Russian Andrey Karr and Austrian Peter Salzmann.
The Race, which is part of the ProBASE World Tour 2012, sponsored by Apex BASE, Intrudair Wingsuit factories, Tag Heuer precision timing, El3vated clothing and supported by Stavanger BASE Klubb was held for the second year running at this magnificent location at the end of the Lysefijord in southern Norway on June 19th and 20th 2012. Weather conditions were brilliant both days and made not only for georgeous pictures but also for a great athmosphere and enjoyable times for everyone.
The race kicked off with 3 qualifying rounds flown by all the participants and it showed right away that the level of competition was extremly high this year. Times reached in the early rounds already were close to the ones flown by last years winners and so an interresting race lay ahead. As the athletes adjusted to the course and found the right pitch and angle of attack, times got even faster. 4 women competed in the race and russian veteran Lika Borzova showed from the getgo that she could keep up with the boys, and with the best of them.
The current BASE Jump World Champion Rami Kajala from Finland marked the fastest time of the first day tied with american Kyle Sul, closley followed by Alex Polli and Andrey Karr. Since the score however was made up of the 2 best rounds, Alex Polli headed into the semi finals as the leader, along with Kajala and Sul as well as newcommers Bruno Walli from Switzerland and Yevgeni Burgan from Lithuania, and established co-favorites Andrey Karr and Peter Salzmann.
In the semis it was Alex Polli´s time to show his class and domination of the discipline of tracking at this moment. Actually walking on crutches because of a sprained ankle he burned a whole into the sky in the semifinal run and flew a new course record beating last years fastest time by 0.7seconds! Andrey Karr also stayed below last years fastest time and Austria´s Peter Salzmann came close. The big surprise however came with Lika Borzova marking the 4th fastest time in the semis and qualifiying herself for the final run, leaving amongst others, Rami Kajala behind her!
The finals got underway and saw Salzmann and Borzova racing for third place, which the Austrian Athlete clearly won. Only 2 athletes were still on top at exit number 6 as its called, and they had been the 2 fastest flyers throughout the competition. It was gonna come down to the better exit and better nerves.
As the starting beep sounded Karr got the better start and Polli followed closely behind. The race was on now and roughly 20 seconds lay ahead to determine the winner. Karr couldn´t keep his early advantage and Polli caught up beating him by more then 0.6 seconds across the finish line, establsihing an amazing new course record, almost a second faster then last years fastest run.
The final race also saw the first times below the 20 second mark, which both athletes beat and pushed the discipline of tracking onto a whole new level.
Both gold finalists had plenty of canopy time showing that there is even more room for improvement. All in all the comp was a great success and finished with the favorite taking it as well as introducing a whole new list of talented trackers. Most importantly the entire event had completed injury and accident free and not a single racer had gone below the established safety margin of 25 seconds under canopy.