After changing my votes around three times, I think I've finally become happy with my choices. I agree with others, who say this is the best group yet, I found it very
hard choosing. Anyway -
#10 - G'Sengte Sau - Like many others in this group, it probably would have been higher if placed in another. It looks a fun ride, but nothing special.
#9 - La Trace Du Hourrau* - It might be with slight riding bias that I ranked this above G'Sengte Sau, when in terms of track and train it is probably inferior. Ah well, the whimsicalness of the theming justifies my vote.
#8 - Vampire* - Rough, showing it's age greatly, arguably butchered by Vekoma, the end tunnel being a monstrosity (especially in comparison to the fantastic station) - there's a whole lot to hate about Vampire. Yet, it's always a highlight of my Chessington trips. Sucks placing it this low, in another group I probably would have desired it's qualification.
#7- The Big One* - Shoot me, but it's underrated. In my honest opinion, I didn't find it rough, nauseating. It's merely a little bit dull. Doesn't deserve to qualify, but doesn't deserve all the hate either.
#6 - Speed Monster* - Looks a brilliant coaster, well-paced and tranquil settings. Yet, the only thing stopping me giving it a place in the top five, is how it's described by many as rough. And I detest rough Intamins.
#5 -Lisebergbanan - Controversial, but I don't see the fascination with this ride. I watched POV's, and it just looked a bit... meandering. I'll give it the benefit of a doubt, however. I've not heard a bad opinion on it from anyone who's ridden it, so would be ignorant not to.
#4 - Die Vilegender Hollander* - I don't get it. Why is the coaster section so loathed? The only critique I have of it is that it's poorly themed. Anyway, the queue-line, station and dark ride section are near enough perfection, and the coaster section is fun. Not much else. I feel it deserves a place in the next round, but that may be bias (as I've ridden this ride) once again.
#3 - Thunderbird - Looks a great woodie. There's so many brilliant GCI's, by the looks of it, you run out of things to say about them!
#2 - Silver Star - It most certainly looks brilliant. Though, the lack of theming and bad reviews from some keep it off my top spot.
#1 - Raptor - I can't really say much more that hasn't already been said. Is probably a deserving winner of the entire competition.