Australian gliding champion, Ingo Renner, recently won the United States transcontinental race with a near perfect score.
Australian gliding champion, Ingo Renner, recently won the United States transcontinental race with a near perfect score. The 37-year-old champion gained 9,685 points out of a possible 10-thousand.
SYNOPSIS: Renner defeated four of the world's best glider pilots, including world open class champion, George Lee of the United Kingdom. The race is the world's longest glider competition and covers many different types of terrain. It began in Los Angeles, California and included 10 intermediate stops before ending in Washington D.C.
The gliders were towed aloft daily a height to 2-thousand (609.6 metres) feet for the start of each 250 mile (402 km) leg. From there they climbed up to heights of 7-thousand feet (2,133 metres) remaining airborne for an average of five hours a day.
The sleek fibreglass and aluminum planes weigh about 500 pounds (226 kilograms) and have wing-spans of about 50 feet (15 metres). All except one of the gliders were built in Europe. Competition was based on points for speed, and distance flown daily, with the highest accumulative score determining the winner.
Wallace Scott, of Texas was third and George Lee of the United Kingdom was second. The champion, Ingo Renner received a solid gold medal and was congratulated by Australian Embassy officials.
Both Renner and George Lee scored more points than any other contestants in the six-year history of the event. The race was sanctioned by the Soaring Society of America.