This year, Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witprächtiger from Switzerland won the most important trophy of the 59th Gordon Bennett Cup Race. The Polish team – Krzysztof Zapart and Bazyli Dawidziuk finally came fifth and set the new Polish record in flight length.
Gordon Bennett Cup hot air balloon race is the most prestigious event in the world of its kind – it has the status of the World’s championship. The race consists in covering the longest possible distance from the starting point. In this year’s edition of the race the balloons took off in Pau town in France. The wind direction made sixteen of the two-man teams (including two teams from Poland) flew to the East. The competition ended in our country.
A Swiss team won the Gordon Bennett Cup by landing near Dabrowa Bialostocka near the Eastern border of Poland, after covering 2080.79 km. The German team, Wilhelm Eimers and Matthias Zenge came second. They landed near Reszkowice, south of Dabrowa Bialostocka, covering the distance of 2071.62 km. The other team of Switzerland, Nicolas Tieche and Laurent Sciboz came third. The Swiss landed near Suwalki, after covering 2067.75 km. The Spanish team, Anulfo González and Angel Aguirre, which was the favourite and lead the competition in the first part of the race, finally came fourth after covering 2056.26 km. The Spaniards landed near Gorodzisk and Borysowka in Eastern Poland. The American team, Cheri White and Mark Sullivan came sixth near Ostrow Mazowiecka after covering 1937.50 km.
We had the pleasure to welcome two of the international teams – the German and American one – in our company.