|By Marketwired .||
|July 18, 2014 12:49 PM EDT||
OAKDALE, CA--(Marketwired - July 18, 2014) - The world's first Red Bull Aces Wingsuit 4 Cross Race hit the skies over Oakdale, California on Thursday where winner Andy Farrington of the USA hit speeds of up to 217 km per hour to take first place in the all-new sport. Canadian Jason Moledzki placed seventh in a field of 52 of the world's best wingsuit flyiers. The high-speed, high-altitude race through four stationary gates started with a leap from the back hatch of a sky van airplane at 7,000 feet, descending to the finish line at 3,500 feet.
"This is just amazing, cutting edge and really the start of a revolution," said Farrington, a professional sky diver, of his historic victory in the new sport. "This is sport -- you are racing the people right next to you, at the same time and on the same, set course -- just like in ski racing. You either make the gate or you don't. You either finished ahead of the other guy or you didn't. And you're doing it all thousands of feet in the air."
Similar to ski racing, four Wingsuit racers fly against each other at the same time navigating a slalom course of gates held in position by hovering helicopters. From the start at 7,000 feet, the racers descend at accelerating speeds to the first of four gates (at 6,500 feet) and through to the finish line (at 3,500 feet) where they deploy their parachutes at a safe altitude of roughly 3,000 feet. Farrington set a course record of 40:16 seconds in the final.
Results Red Bull Aces: 1. Andy Farrington (USA), 2. Noah Bahnson (USA), 3. Julian Boulle (RSA), 4. Jhonny Florez (COL), 5. David Covel (USA), 6. Sebastian Alvarez (CHL), 7. Jason Moledzki (CAN), 8. Charley Kurlinkus (USA)
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