10 May 2007

Team New Zealand finishes top qualifier

10:04 am on 10 May 2007

Team New Zealand has finished top qualifier of the Challenger series for the America's Cup after their domination of the second round robin culminated with a comprehensive win over previous leaders BMW Oracle.

The New Zealanders won the start and predicted all the right wind shifts to score an emphatic 1 minute and 34 second win.

As top challengers, Team New Zealand has chosen Desifio Espanol as their semi-final opponents, so Oracle will race Luna Rosa in the other best of nine series starting on Monday.

The semi-finals are a first to 5 series starting on Monday.