This is a challenge of the first order, which is why he has spent so much time preparing. Cástor Fantoba has earned a place on the WAC podium multiple times, most recently in France 2015, where he won the bronze medal for both of the categories in which he participated (classic and freestyle). He and his team have a decidedly optimistic outlook toward the upcoming competition after a period of concentrated training.
This season Cástor has a new plane that's much more powerful. He flew it at the European Championship in 2016 and made it to the podium for both of the categories in which he participated. This experience, coupled with the dedicated training he's undertaken during the last few months, has boosted the pilot's confidence. Cástor's goal for the championships is to keep his eyes on the gold. The team is at its apex, with the best machine and a pilot who's confident in his chances.
While the new plane presented an additional difficulty in the European Championship due to the limited amount of time Cástor had to adjust, now that he's had more experience with the plane his chances of winning the Championships are looking better than ever. The plane is lighter than his previous one, with more power and traction. These features make it possible to perform more complex manoeuvres, such as a quadruple spin, which no other team has performed in competition to date. This is due in large part to the new plane's capabilities.
The Championships will be held 9-17 September in Malelane, South Africa. Here at Box Repsol we'll be pushing Cástor to bring home the gold to Spain. He will be joining us on the Repsol Team Blog to talk about his experience at the competition.
For more information about the Championships, visit the official website of the WAC in South Africa.