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The 2018 cham­pi­onship took place at BTC St Lam­bert near Reims in France. Con­di­tions saw light winds and very high tem­per­a­tures into the 30s, which made the event hard work for those com­pet­ing, and even more so for the ref­er­ees. Nearly 1,100 shoot­ers tack­led the eight Patrick Russo-de­signed 25-bird lay­outs amidst the stun­ning French coun­try­side.

The lay­outs were spread over a wide area, with B&P, Beretta and Blaser be­ing clos­est to the shoot­ers’ vil­lage while Game­bore was a 10-minute walk. The other lay­outs re­quired use of the mini bus trans­port that ran all day long at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, and this as­pect of the or­gan­i­sa­tion was fault­lessly ef­fi­cient.

Beretta was set among clear­ings be­tween tall stands of pine trees and had an un­usual fea­ture in the form of an all-rab­bit peg, which caused a few prob­lems.

Blaser used clear­ings over sand pits and of­fered some tricky tar­gets, es­pe­cially on the last peg where a high tower threw some par­tic­u­larly tasty tar­gets.

B&P was very tech­ni­cal and in­cluded a peg on a raised berm, while Game­bore saw some in­ter­est­ing pairs.

La­porte was prob­a­bly the most var­ied and saw driven tar­gets on peg one while the next three pegs saw tar­gets thrown at vary­ing dis­tances across quar­ries un­der the shoot­ers’ feet.

Hull saw some rel­a­tively English tar­gets with big gaps set among wood­land, while Krieghoff wasn’t dis­sim­i­lar though it of­fered more open coun­try. Fi­nally, Volvo saw pace among trees and it tripped up plenty of shoot­ers.

The vast ma­jor­ity of tar­gets thrown over the eight lay­outs from the La­porte traps were blaze or­ange; a few other colours were used, but not a sin­gle black tar­get was used and no battues were seen any­where, which did cause some con­ster­na­tion. How­ever, there was very lit­tle that was dif­fi­cult to see and the course de­sign team had clearly done their home­work; each lay­out was fairly well bal­anced with some­thing for ev­ery­one, as they say, yet there was plenty enough to catch out the un­wary or those not con­cen­trat­ing fully.

Smarting af­ter some­thing of a bruis­ing at the World English Sport­ing, the Amer­i­can con­tin­gent were out to make amends and David Radulovich be­gan his ti­tle de­fence well with a 50 straight on

‘Each lay­out was well bal­anced with some­thing for ev­ery­one, with plenty to catch out the un­wary’

day one. How­ever, he was un­able to main­tain that form and slipped back a lit­tle as the days wore on.

Fel­low Amer­i­cans Der­rick Mein and Zack Kein­baum shot well, as did Brit Mark Winser, and as the last day dawned all of those men as well as Christophe Au­vret, Ge­orge Dig­weed and Maxime Morin were in con­tention to a lesser or greater ex­tent for the win.

Christophe Au­vret shot early on and fin­ished on 191 which was a tough act to fol­low. Only Zach Kein­baum looked likely to chal­lenge him and looked good, but a cou­ple of sur­pris­ing un­forced er­rors saw him fin­ish tan­ta­lis­ingly close on 190 along­side Morin, while Winser fin­ished 5th as the high­est placed Brit.

Zach Kein­baum won the shoot-off to se­cure the sil­ver, but he must have been dis­ap­pointed to have once again come so close to win­ning the ti­tle only to fall at the last. Au­vret cer­tainly en­joyed the mo­ment and the French joy was in­creased as their team won the world cup late on the Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The team events saw GB take Men’s bronze be­hind Italy and the USA, while in Ladies, Great Bri­tain man­aged the sil­ver be­hind the Amer­i­cans. An­other sil­ver was added in Ju­niors, once again be­hind the US with the team bring­ing home the bronze in Su­perVets with the Amer­i­cans bag­ging an­other gold.

Christophe Au­vret shot su­perbly to take the win

The USA vs Europe shoot-off was won by the home team

Mark Winser was the high­est placed Brit

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