Battle in the skies: Horacio Llorens wins the first stage of the Acro World Tour 2018
The elite of the World’s extreme sports athletes gathered in Voss, Western Norway, between 25-27 June 2018, to compete in the first stage event of the Acro World Tour 2018. After three days of intense competition, Horacio Llorens from Spain (middle picture) took the first place, followed by Francois Ragolski (FRA), Theo de Blic (FRA), Cesar Arevalo (COL) and Andres Villamizar (COL).
These five pilots are as of now qualified for the Acro World Tour Finals of the Sonchaux Acroshow in Villeneuve, Switzerland (24-26 August 2018).
The event was part of the Ekstremsportveko festival, the largest extreme sport festival in the world.
In total, 30 athletes representing 10 countries competed in the Acro World Tour 2018 Qualifying event, a solo aerobatics competition based on the Evolution format.
Out of the top ten to make it through to the final (Wednesday 27th June), the top four fought for their places on the podium in battle format – when two pilots fly at the same time in the opposite way to standard runs, or one after the other.
The next round will take place in Molveno, Italy 18-22 July as part of the King of Brenta festival.
Photo credits: Ekstremsportveko / Rune Hausgeng / Sebastian Akerman; Laurent Merle