The German/American team of Willie Eimers and Greg Winker (Team #2), remains in the lead of the Eighth America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race at the 42-hour mark. They're headed east from the vicinity of Abilene, Texas and have now traveled nearly 500 miles (775 km). The other two remaining teams, Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer-Davis (Team #4) and Barbara Fricke and Peter Cuneo (Team #6) are tracking northward through Kansas and are still nearly neck and neck.
It's drizzling in Albuquerque after a beautiful morning of competition flying, but the weather in the areas where the America's Challenge balloons are flying is generally favorable - much better than the weather yesterday.
Here is a list of the balloons and their approximate, unofficial positions as of 11:00 AM MDT (1700Z):
#2 Eimers/Winker, 125 mi. W of Waco, TX, 482 mi/775 km
#4 Abruzzo/Rymer-Davis, 55 mi. WSW of Hays, KS, 420 mi/676 km
#6 Fricke/Cuneo, 73 mi. SW of Liberal, KS, 403 mi/649 km