Victorian State Championships-2006
 

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  VINTAGE A TEAM RACE at the Vic State Champs, Sunday, 16.4.06  
 

It was a great flying day down at Knox on Super Sunday at Easter. Winds were light with temperatures around 19Deg C. The day was made to order for team race, with Vintage A being first up.

Andy Kerr, Richard Justic, Grant Potter and Hugh Simons were down from NSW to give the Vics some hurry up. They certainly achieved that goal and even put some curry in the hurry with fearsome hot laps and a new finals record to boot.

This competition was at long last going to showcase Paul Stein’s Olympian with Rothwell R250 up front. The first heat proved short on laps and they glided to the finish. A tweak of the tune by master pitman Paul did not disappoint and Rob Fitzgerald guided the racer to a stunning FTD of 3.18.81.

Jim and Colin Ray didn’t have the best of luck. They have not had the opportunity to sort gear and practice. Both have been very busy on a personal front with Colin getting married and Jim and Glenys moving from the city to a large country property which will shortly have its own control line circle! Anyone going to volunteer to help build the Grandstand?

Graeme Wilson and Mark Ellins had an excellent first round of 3.21.47 which would just about be the best ever heat time for this multi talented team. They elected to miss round 2 believing they were safe for a place in the last three. As usual, they were right.

Andy Kerr and Richard Justic put in two consistently fast times but were not helped by a missed catch that took precious seconds from what would have been a very quick race.

 

John Hallowell and Keith Baddock also put in a glided finish in round one. Keith knew what was required and the Dimpled Dumpling was a big improver in round two. However, a backwards start both times saw them eliminated from the final by .44 of a second, allowing Hugh & Grant (take the ‘&’ away and something sounds familiar…) into the final.

With ‘only’ a 3.22 on the board, and Andy breathing down their necks on 3.23 a big second round was a must. What happened was a DQ for an unintentional shut off. Didn’t matter though, as they still scraped into the final.

Of the other Victorian teams, Lance Smith and Murray Wilson showed promise with a best of 3.40, a time he will be odds on to better in South Oz next week. Ken Hunting had the ‘Nobster’ as his hired flicking hand. Neil Baker did well, the CS just didn’t have the awesome grunt of the NSW specials. In a perfect world, there would be enough R250’s for everybody. With a little patience and time, I’m sure there will be.

The final was an R250 fest. Hugh Simons flew the Dimpled Dumpling superbly, Grant Potter caught and started brilliantly. The result was a new record of 6.34.01. A truly outstanding performance. They could have been pressured all the way by the other two, but Graeme had an unfortunate run in as the model seemed to catch a wheel and bounce inwards. Paul & Fitz also had a less than perfect race with a 7.05 and you can bet the Olympian will be a lot better next outing at the Nats.

 
 
VINTAGE A TEAM RACE Rd 1 Rd 2 Final
1 Potter / Simons 3.22.22 DQ (shutoff) 6.34.01(Rec.)
2 Fitzgerald / Stein 3.29.09 3.18.81 7.05.48
3 G.Wilson / Ellins 3.21.47 DNS 51 laps (run in)
4 Hallowell / Baddock 3.27.16 3.22.66  
5 Justic /Kerr 3.25.19 3.23.96  
6 M. Wilson / Smith 3.40.34 3.58.88  
7 Hunting / Baker 3.56.09 3.54.19  
8 Ray /Ray DNF 55 DNS  
 
 
 
  CLASSIC B TEAM RACE at the Vic State Champs, Sunday, 16.4.06  
 

After a short break Classic B was next and the calm Knox air was soon disturbed by howling OS 25’s with rpms of 20,000 plus in the air. Contest Director was again Alan Lumsden and, just like Vintage A, kept the contest moving at a good pace.

Lack of practice was again against the Cosmics and despite the LA 25 and Crescendo having airspeed the equal of anyone, Jim and Colin had to be content with heat times a long way below their best. With a new model almost painted, these two are primed (pardon the pun) to make a big impact leading up to the Albury Nats in late December ’06.

Lance Smith had Murray Wilson holding his home made handle. No question, the former State Championship winning Antares and MRS modded FP 25 was fast, but the stops were just a little slow. The first round time was within 10 seconds of Wilson / Ellins.

In the second round the gremlins struck with a broken plug connector wire ending their race and finals chance.

 

John Hallowell and Keith Baddock were ably assisted by Paul Stein on battery. They used the Rocket first round and posted a 3.14.72 and then switched to the Super Swooper in Rd 2 to make a FTD of 3.06.97.

Graeme Wilson and Mark Ellins put in a workman like time of 3.25 and decided to sit out the second round. Ken Hunting and Neil Baker were having fun but their setup did not have enough poke to seriously challenge the front runners.

Time for the final. All three teams were quickly away. The Rocket had a edge on speed and was continually passing the Wilson / Ellins Double Dice.

The Cosmic’s Crescendo was holding its own but was down on laps and had one slow stop. With Keith getting 3 flick starts on both pitstops, the Rocket was never headed and coasted to a comfortable win.

 
 
CLASSIC B TEAM RACE Rd 1 Rd 2 Final
1 Hallowell / Baddock 3.14.72 3.06.97 6:21.84
2 G.Wilson / Ellins 3.25.94 DNS 6:37.72
3 Ray / Ray 3.32.50 4.06.44 7:20.58
4 M.Wilson / Smith 3.35.68 DNF 43  
5 Hunting / Baker 3.40.75 4.15.75  
 
 
 
 
FAI TEAM RACE Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Final
1 H.Simons/G.Potter 3:18.93 DNS 3:15.19 DNF 21 6:52.28
2 G.Wilson/P.Stein 3:19.53 3:14.37 3:13.75 3:14.22 6:58.18
3 R.Fitzgerald/M.Ellins 3:14.50 DNF 74 3:21.19 DNS DISQ
4 C.Ray/S.Suter 3:28.72 DNF 60 3:26.81 3:23.07  
5 R.Justic/R.Owen 3:27.13 3:27.86 DNS DNS  
 
 
 
 
F2F TEAM RACE Rd 1 Rd 2 Final
1 R.Fitzgerald/C.Ray 4:17.15 4:17.13 8:52.16
2 G.Wilson/M.Wilson 5:01.00 4:31.95 9:13.56
3 K.Hunting/P.Roberts 5:19.53 5:00.75 9:55.92
4 P.Cameron/G.Pretty 4:11.75 DNF 77 (crash)  
5 P.Stein/N.Baker DNF 24 DNF 57 (crash)  
 
 
 
 
1/2A TEAM RACE Rd 1 Rd 2 Final
1 H.Simons/G.Potter 3:36.66 DNF 62 6:55.75
2 G.Wilson/S.Suter 3:30.03 DNS 7:06.97
3 R.Justic/R.Owen 3:43.09 DNF 40 DNF 44
4 M.Ellins/K.Hunting 4:23.70 4:13.32  
5 C.Ray/N.Baker DNS 4:50.66  
 
 
 
 
GOODYEAR Rd 1 Rd 2 Final
1 R.Fitzgerald/G.Pretty 3:28.84 DNS 7:08.20
2 G.Wilson/M.Ellins 3:56.93 DNS 7:47.40
3 C.Ray/J.Ray 4:19.90 4:01.13 8:29.22
4 M.Wilson/A/Lumsden 4:48.87 4:32.53  
5 K.Hunting/N.Baker DNF 41 5:19.19  
6 R.Justic/R.Owen DNF 32 DNF 10  
 
 
 
 
FAI Speed
Pos Name Class Engine Flight 1 Flight 2 Flight 3 Fastest Km/h
1 R Justic FAI Profi No flight 12.70 No flight 12.70 283.46
2 R Hiern FAI Profi 12.89 NEL No flight 12.89 279.29
3 N Wake FAI Irvine 15R 17.30 DNF DNF 17.30 208.09
 
 
 
 
Midge Speed
Pos Name Class Engine Flight 1 Flight 2 Flight 3 Fastest Km/h

1

K Hunting Midge PAW 10.04 10.53   10.04 144.34
2 C Ray Midge Rossi 09 10.48     10.48 138.21
3 V Marquet Midge Cippolla 09 13.44 11.00 10.95 10.95 132.27
4 N Wake Midge Silver swallow 11.22 11.24 DNS 11.22 129.09
5 R Hiern Midge Katipo 15.02 14.45 14.59 14.45 100.24
 
 
 
 
Combined Speed
Pos

Name

Class

Engine

Flight 1 Flight 2 Flight 3 Fastest Km/h % of
Record

1

R Hiern Class 4 Super Tigre X40 12.24 DNS DNS 12.24 294.12 106.05%
2 N Wake Class 5 Novarossi 21 15.00 14.80 14.79 14.79 243.41 94.79%
3 N Wake Class 1 Novarossi 12 15.81 16.81 16.67 15.81 227.70 90.58%
4 N Wake Class 4 K&B 40 16.08 15.01 DNF 15.01 239.84 86.48%
5 R.Justic Proto Super Tigre K29 29.88 28.19 33.76 28.19 205.52 85.58%
6 D.Shackleford Proto Infinity 21 32.82 32.41 30.45 30.45 190.27 79.23%
7 N Wake Class 2 Picco 21 13.65 13.84   13.65 212.22 73.26%
8 V Marquet Class 1 ASP 11 25.47 22.12 21.97 21.97 163.86 65.18%
9 V Marquet Proto Enya 30 38.90 BANG DNS 38.90 148.94 62.02%
10 N Wake Proto Cippolla 20 39.03 42.97   39.03 148.44 61.81%
 
  ALSO FLEW BUT RESULTS NOT COUNTED
  R.Hiern Class 1 Novarossi 12 14.44 14.36 DNS 14.36 250.69 99.72%
  R.Hiern Class 5 Novarossi 21 14.06 14.26 DNS 14.06 256.04 99.71%
 
 
 
 
1/2A COMBAT Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5

Rd 6

1 R.Justic W W W L W W
2 R.Owen W L W W W L
3 M.Wilson B L W W L W
4 K.Maier W W W L L L
=5 A.Caselli L W L      
=5 K.Hunting W L L      
=5 P.Stein L W L      
=8 G.Wilson L B L      
=8 M.Shears L L        
 
 
 
 
FAI COMBAT Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3      
1 R.Owen W W W      
2 G.Pretty L W L      
3 G.Wilson W L        
4 M.Wilson L L        
 
 
 

1

 
 
         
 
 
  Neil Baker  Vintage A  Vintage A  Andy Kerr  
 
 
  Grant Potter  Andy Kerr  Lance Smith  Alan Lumsden  
 
 
 

2

 
  Alan Lumsden  Mark Ellins  Grant Potter  Paul Stein  
 
 
  Dynamic Duo  Vintage "A" Finalists  Mark Ellins  Neil Baker  
 
 
  Neil Baker  Classic "B"  Classic B "Rocket"  Classic "B"  
 
 
 

3

 
  Classic B "Super Swooper"  Classic "B" Finalists  Classic "B" Finalists  Classic B "Rocket"  
 
 
  Robin Hiern  Vern Marquet  Noel Wake  Fitzgerald/Pretty  
 
 
  Robert Owen  Jim Ray  Spectators  Wake/Marquet  
 
 
 

4

 
  Robin Hiern  Colin Ray  Robin Hiern