Car Race-2 report by Tom Harris



Car race two, The best so far.



After all the inland and sea training races, the 927 pigeons that remain within the competition were once again on the island of gran canaria for the third time in two weeks for the second car race across the atlantic from the east coast of the island and a distance of 135 klm.

With blue skies above and temperatures at 09,30 rising to a high of 22 degree the birds were liberated at 09.45 into a light 21klm north easterly wind which would without doubt increase over open waters between the two islands

At the lofts and via the live chat we were informed by the arona team that upon liberation, and during orientation the pigeons suffered a series of strikes by a peregrine,  which duly split the large numbers liberated into a number of small batches scattering them in different directions, and whilst nothing could be seen to be hit during such attack on the race video on the arona website,  it did however panic the pigeons as they were preparing to clear the race point

On receiving this unsettling news and knowing the problems that these birds of prey cause,  It was sometime later that we were informed that whist the first few bunches had eventually made there way across the island to the west, the remaining pigeons had also made their way from the liberation site,  and no pigeons were reported visible in the area at the time the transporter was ready to leave for the journey back,

With over an hour after liberation there was a mood of anxiety on the chat page as fanciers waited and hoping that after such a bad start the birds would be back on their line of flight and on their way,, as we all awaited for the arrival of the leading birds and the winner of the second car winning pigeon to arrive

Taking 1st place and recipient of the keys for the major prize of the car was the Belgium fancier filip de smedt with pigeon named risqué timing in at the winning pigeon appears to be a cheq white flight hen that on looking at previous results seems to have maintained a mid table average prior to this result,



In 2nd position and reciving the cash prize of 2000euro was team malta and team debono lofts with pigeon Matthias timing in at, just ahead of team redlish and risse syndicates arrival cora claiming the 3rd spot and 1000 euro prizemoney, for positions 4th to 10th positions each arrival will claim 220 euro each from the prize pot, taking 4th5th and 6th positions went to team Netherlands with cees van gelder,  buzzlord moving back into the top ten just in front of the three with a time of, in 5th it was pigeon jelle for the

Team debono lofts malta 2nd position car race 2

dutch partnership of Team van den Bosse-Hoondert Lewedor on, whilst 6th place was claimed by Team Schoordijk-Schults and their entry chiella, Daniel brandt from Germany takes the 7th spot with brandt 596,on whilst team uk and Ireland in the form of chris macann from Scotland takes the 8th position on with his entry beti, team south Africa comes in on 9th with stollose for syndicate Team Gaddin Bros & Charl Stander at,and finaly in 10th place it’s the welsh syndicate of team rudderfett with their entry picasso recording an arrival time of


As with all hotspot races the prizemoney is well spread amongst the leading twenty arrivals resulting in the following ten positions also receiving an equal amount of 220 euro each

  1. rumania Sepia Petca Aurelian 1 11:33:59,75 1 01:49:00

12 englandThe dodge rocket Team D.S.R. 1 11:34:00,25 1 01:49:00

13 malta Victory Thomas Team Victory Lofts Malta 1 11:34:00,30 1 01:49:00

14 rumania Tibo Team Cosvasa & Gah 1 11:34:00,50 1 01:49:00

15 polska Henk Team Smge Rumik Krzysztof 1 11:34:03,35 1 01:49:03

16 slovakia Jozef Team Kujanik Derby 1 11:34:50,45 1 01:49:50

17 rumania Tuvama 5 Team Tudor Valentin & Matia 1 11:34:53,85 1 01:49:54

18 gran canaria Araujo Team Yahvé & Oliveiro 1 11:34:54,45 1 01:49:54

19 netherlands Red Devil B. J. Suk Mellies 1 11:35:27,15 1 01:50:27

20 belgium Hope Team Belgium’s Finest 1 11:36:14,45 1 01:51:14

With the first eighteen arrivals safely on the clock ahead of the rest of the field, the pigeons soon returned in their hundreds over the following minutes, resulting in over 250 arrivals had been recorded home within ten minutes from the first arrival which was pleasing to see, and with the majority of the pigeons home by mid day and few more returning later on that day by nightfall the arona team announced an amazing 893 were safely perched

Pigeon cora 3rd car race 2 for team redlich and risse
Pigeon cora 3rd car race 2 for team redlich and risse

Further more at this present time from the release figure of 927 pigeons an amazing 904have been recorded home, giving not only a returns rate of 97%,but one of the best performances and races in the arona history at this stage of racing,  which is a tribute to the dedication and work put in by the arona team to ensure that the pigeons are released in the best conditions

Chris mcann 1st uk/irelend 8th international
Chris mcann 1st uk/irelend 8th international

So we now look forward to the forthcoming semifinal race in the next few days.when the pigeons have to overcome the double island crossing from Fuerteventura and a distance of 230 klm, with the 1st prize again being a new car on offer for the eventual winner, this may well be a true test of character for these gallant pigeons to face crossing over two open spans of the atlantic, but we are hopeful that by once again choosing the right day to race the returns percentage will once again be high to ensure a successful and highly profiled final race in just over two weeks time

Once again after eighteen races the ace pigeon challenge is attracting a lot of interest now with just two races to go and currently ahead is

Team Yahvé & Oliveiro
Team Yahvé & Oliveiro

Current leaders in the ace pigeon challenge

1 Gran canaria Araujo Est Team Yahvé & Oliveiro 42295

2 Italia Peaches Est Team Italy 40591

3 Netherlands Rut Han EstTeam van den Bosse-Hoondert Lewedor 40434

4 Netherlands R. Nelson Est Team Soepboer 39304

5 Ireland Highway Lucky Strike Est team Highway Lofts 39166

6 Germany ATLANTIC-VIVA Est Alexander Gebel 39031


Car race 1 winners team Europe top 10 which for some reason didn’t appear in some reports
Car race 1 winners team Europe top 10 which for some reason didn’t appear in some reports


It is also time to advise all this years participants that as per the rules of entry, fanciers are required to forward on the pedigrees and ring cards to the Arona team via post to J Ledesma c/o C.San SIlvestre,15 – Llanos de Guaza – Arona – Tenerife – Canary Islands

or email at

for the pigeons that remain within the race before the final race ..and it is with no exception that if such paperwork isn’t received then the pigeons will not be entered in the final ……

Finally for all uk and Ireland fanciers the news is that two dates have now been confirmed by Chris Sutton and myself for entries into the arona Tenerife one loft race 2016/17,  these are June 23rd and sept 15th shipment per pigeon is £30 from the uk to Tenerife via Holland, to reserve your placement on these date please contact chris on 07792356330 or myself on 07443040056

Tom Harris