Thompson (GBR) into third in Aussie Laser

Nick Thompson of Britain continued his impressive performance in the Australian Laser Championships in Melbourne. After two races were completed in the final four race Gold series of the Aussie Nationals, Thompson is third behind new series leader Tom Slingsby (AUS) and second placed Rutgar van Schaardenburg (NED).

Slingsby grabbed the lead back from Mike Leigh of Canada, with a win and a third place, while Leigh crashed out with an 8th and a 33rd to finish fifth overall for the day.

Winner of the second race was Deniss Karpek (EST) with Thompson in seconsd place and Slingsby third. Karpek takes fourth overall.

In the Laser Radial Championsip, Jo Aleh of New Zealand had a great day, taking the overall lead with two firsts. Australia's Sarah Blanck dropped to third overall after a fifth and a 16th to trail Aleh by ten points with the final two races to come.

Up into second comes Veronika Fencova with a ninth and a second place, four points behind the leader.

Both events are set for some close racing over the two final races, when the slightest slip will ruin someones dreams.

Laser - Gold, Leading scores after 2 of 4 races (64 entries)
1 NSW SLINGSBY, Thomas 1 3 19 pts
2 NED VAN SCHAARDENBURG, Rutger 2 4 23 pts
3 GBR THOMPSON, Nick 6 2 24 pts
4 EST KARPAK, Deniss 7 1 52 pts
5 CAN LEIGH, Michael 8 33 54 pts
6 CRO MIHELIC, Daniel 3 15 74 pts
7 NED BOUWMEESTER, Roelof 34 12 83 pts
8 NZL MCLAY, Blair 25 14 86 pts
9 CAN KALIN, Michael 9 17 87 pts
10 CAN TORCHINSKY, Abe 11 10 87 pts

Laser Radial - Gold, Leading scores after 2 of 4 races (61 entries)
1 NZL ALEH, Jo 1 1 24 pts
2 CZE FENCOVA, Veronika 9 2 28 pts
3 VIC BLANCK, Sarah 5 16 34 pts
4 SUI BRUGGER, Nathalie 12 12 48 pts
5 GBR BREWSTER, Andrea 8 10 51 pts
6 GBR VICKERS, Llizzie 3 6 54 pts
7 TAS PRICE, Benjamin 2 13 56 pts
8 NED BOUWMEESTER, Marit 4 5 57 pts
9 CRO MIHELIC, Tina 18 9 60 pts
10 QLD HAUSCHILDT, Klade 13 19 73 pts

Laser 4.7 - Leading scores after 10 of 12 races (47 entries)
1 TAS LANGFORD, Rohan 2 1 4 2 1 10 4 1 3 2 30 20pts
2 VIC LINCOLN, Jarrad 3 6 1 11 6 11 5 4 2 3 52 41
3 VIC COLLINGS, Stephen 7 15 8 1 2 2 1 11 10 28 85 57
4 VIC LAYCOCK, Ben 5 5 5 6 24 13 16 3 6 8 91 67
5 QLD TORPELUND, Andrew 15 12 2 29 9 5 10 7 8 6 103 74
6 NSW PHILLIPS, Sam 8 2 9 28 32 17 13 2 1 5 117 85
7 NT LANE, Ashlie 27 9 6 13 4 1 2 15 19 19 115 88 Women
8 TAS MCCULLUM, Jack 1 4 23 5 10 29 11 48 5 1 137 89
9 QLD SUTHERLAND, Casey 4 13 12 15 7 7 17 12 13 9 109 92 Women
10 NSW BROWN, Katherine 10 10 7 7 5 8 28 9 28 14 126 98 Women