Announcing FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Series 11

The FAI International Gliding Commission has announced the locations and dates for the 11th FAI Glider Grand Prix (SGP) National Qualifying Event Series and the 11th SGP World Finals.

The 2021 10th Series Final at St Aubin in France was the 72nd competition in the FAI/SGP series, which has been running since 2005.

Four national events were planned for 2020, but were canceled due to Covid restrictions. All four host countries were offered first choice to host an event in 2022, although only Sweden was able to take advantage of the offer.

There will be 10 national contests in the 11th series, with the world final being held in Pavullo, Italy, which also hosted the inaugural E-Glide and 13.5m World Championships. The series includes three events in the southern hemisphere which will take place in January and February 2023, while the other seven qualifiers will take place in Europe in 2022. The final is scheduled for August 2023.

Five new locations for national events have been chosen. Vinon in France is located in the French Alps and is well known to many pilots. Lithuania will host its first FAI SGP in Vilnius, with unprecedented participation reserved for a previous generation of 15m gliders. This could be a very interesting development and open up opportunities for more small countries to participate in future rounds of the GSP.

In South Africa, the venue will be Douglas. Located in the flat heart of the great South African country, this place enjoys excellent flying conditions throughout the season. The late February date should allow many foreign pilots to find a suitable glider and enjoy racing in the great skies of South Africa.

The Eisenhuttenstadt club is a new host for the German national qualifying event, an ideal location conveniently located for many competitive drivers from Eastern European countries. The return of an international event to Gawler in Australia will be welcomed by many pilots who have fond memories of the grand flight at the club class world championships held there.

The tried and tested venues of Varese in Italy, Viticura in Chile and Boras in Sweden will once again provide an exciting racing environment and will be very attractive to follow with their contrasting landscapes.

Livno’s return to Bosnia and Herzegovina is particularly exciting. Their first FAI SGP event of 2019 was the first opportunity to see this really interesting take-off area. Also, since the last FAI SGP event in Zar Poland took place in 2015, it’s been too long since we’ve had the opportunity to watch races in the beautiful mountainous region around Zar.

ISP Schedule SGP Series 11

  • Sweden – Borås Segelflygklubb 8 – 14 May 2022
  • Lithuania – Vilniaus Aeroklubas 29 May – 4 June 2022
  • Italy – Varese 5 -11 June 2022
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – Livno 30 July – 6 August 2022
  • Germany – Eisenhüttenstadt 24 – 30 July 2022
  • France – Vinon 4 – 10 September 2022
  • Australia – Gawler 2 – January 8, 2023
  • Chile – Vitacura 8 – 15 January 2023
  • Poland – Żar 15 – 21 May 2022
  • South Africa – Douglas Cape 20 – January 26, 2023
  • Final: Italy Pavullo 26 August – 2 September 2023

eSports – Virtual PGS

After the great success of the 1st Virtual SGP, which welcomed 400 pilots in September 2021, we are happy to announce that a Virtual SGP series will take place alongside the 11th series, offering all virtual gliding enthusiasts the opportunity to compete with real events.

There will be 10 virtual SGP qualifying events around the world in 2022 and 2023, where virtual drivers can qualify for the final event.

The 2nd Virtual Glider Grand Prix – World Final will take place in Pavullo, Italy, at the same time as the 11th FAI SGP World Final, in August 2023.

More information will be revealed on in the next weeks.

11th series of FAI Glider Grand Prix

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