Classic FAI event October 16 2011
There was a good turn out of models for
Sundays Classic FAI, but the weather did not co-operate at first and
the morning was very gusty (+55km winds rain and rather cold) and
peppered with rain showers. It was decided to fly.
2.5 Rat and this event proceed on it it's conclusion, not effected so
much by the weather. The rather damp participants then proceeded to
lunch and over lunch the weather improved significantly and a very
pleasant Sunday afternoon eventuated.
The turnout was 4 FORA 15D's and one Rothwell R250. It was obvious
that the FORA's had range over the R250 (John Hallowell) at this
stage, although the airspeed on the R250 was impressive, (and I am
sure going down in venturi size will get the required laps,) and so
were Murray's restarts.
Murray Wilson and Neil Baker were always going to be a competitive
combination and also the World Champion F2C flicker Mark Ellins was
always going to be hard to beat.
Heats proved to show that the racing was going to be close, with
Graeme Wilson and Paul Stein pulling the proverbial rabbit out of the
hat, and going under Murray Wilson and Lance Smith record of 4:30 set
earlier in the year, with a new heat time of 4:29.87. On paper they
had it in the bag!
team of Murray Wilson and John Hallowell there just piped out of the
finals by Neil Baker, that extra pit stop was always going to do
damage even with Murray's lightening fast first flick pit stops. Neil
was very cannily creeping up on the FORA settings and managed to
control the overheating nicely whilst maintaining excellent airspeed
throughout the heats, with the final pit stop slowed by just a tad of
The final proved very exciting with World F2C champion Mark Ellins and
Neil Baker going head to head, whilst the very competitive combination
of Paul Stein and Graeme Wilson were sidelined with the return of a
fuel blockage. Nell Baker used a combination of airspeed and tactics
to keep the FORA in the lead throughout-out the race, steadily
bringing home his advantage in laps and airspeed, and the proven
tactic of landing a lap after Mark and effectively gaining the
advantage each time. The FORA restarts were great in both pair of able
hands and both ran a faultless race. Neil and Murray's overheating
problem did not return and they stormed home for a very creditworthy
win of 9:02.75 with Andrew and Mark chewing at their heels for a close
second time of 9:18.16.
So great day was had by all and this event had proved to be both
popular and spectacular. The day turned out to be a very pleasant way
of spending a Sunday afternoon, warm and sunny with much lighter
winds, very pleasant indeed!!
Lance Smith AUS 62894