In virtual reality anybody could be called a winner no matter what points difference is there, its just a dream, while in reality the winner is who got the most points.
German Team in 18m class didn't do team flying and still they placed on second and forth place. Both pilots had their own strategies and it worked for both of them.
To be clear : there was never any discussion about the Canadian 18 m "team flying" before Worlds in Australia and to claim that I was obligated to do team flying is misleading.
I informed Team Manager that I can share all information in the air like I did in Uvalde or other Worlds, but without "team flying". From my team flying experience for 6 years with multi time world champion I can say that pilots not practicing for years team flying do not have any chance for better results. It is known that each pilots has his own style of flying and successful teams are such, where pilots have compatible style of flying and practice together. Best example of a true team flying is German Open class team where both pilots fly together for years.
There wasn't any practice team flying in 18meter class before Benalla and claiming that team flying will improve standing is misleading because error can be multiplied and
in effect to worsen result.
I admire Dave's excellent results on some days without any of my help or team flying attempts and this only proofs that he is better off without me and team flying.
So any complaints that he could perform better with me has no merit and his line of thoughts is confusing at least. He had great results till he made some mistakes which all pilots do and this had influence on his final scores and I have nothing to do with it.
As per contest rules there is no such thing as virtual ties. There is no such class as "team class" and there are not " 2 pilots team scores" only individual pilots scores. The results are black and white, a pilot with cumulative highest score after all valid contest days is the winner by 1 point or 1000 points.
World titles were lost by small number of points difference and I never saw a Virtual World Champion because of it.
Results from Open class shows exactly 13 points difference between World Champion and second pilot or "first loser" as we joke when we finish in second place.
Picture shows Open class pilots with different medals each despite just 13 and 29 points difference as below.
In 10 points spread we can fit 10 pilots and only one will be the winner.