October Play-by-Playby Duane Barrett - CD
Overview The first Saturday in October hosted our seventh and final racing event of the season. Pylon racing comes to a close for another year with today's racing. Overall the racing went well; there was no carnage this month in the T-28 class. A big thanks to those non-racers, Ron M., Charlie, and any others who helped out with the pylons and those of you who spotted and called laps for the racers too. You guys make it much easier for the rest of us to compete and have fun. Again a big thanks. Thank you to the BBQ crew also; excellent lunch guys.
Complete overcast with periods of light rain and a good breeze out of the south. We made our first south bound take off of the season today. It made for some dicey starts as everybody turned right and dashed for the pylon.
Nine of the ten pilots participated in the T-28 class of racing in sections of four and five participants at the start the first heats. Michael was the only no-show in October. T-28 class flew between misty rain showers to finish our heats. We flew six heats of racing without any crashes today. Terry once again made a clean sweep of first place. This is really getting to be a bore. Of course no one had even chance to catch him for overall first place today anyway. See the race results and final standings at right.
Heat 1: Section 1, all racers got off the ground to good start. They flew a good heat, Terry in the lead and Bruce a tight second. Both Terry and Bruce appeared to have faster planes and pulled away from KC (3rd) and Duane (4th) by a half a lap at the finish. Of course Duane had 2 pylon cuts during the heat though.
Section 2, all racers got off the ground with a very close field into the pre-race first pylon. The field stayed fairly close for most of the heat. Rick flew an excellent, consistent heat to take first followed by Jeff 2nd, then Rob 3rd , Greg W. 4th and Brian in fifth.
Heat 2: Section 1, all four flyers got off the ground to a fairly close tight start. As they headed for the pre-race pylon Duane almost took KC out. As they rounded turn one of the race it was obvious that Terry commanded the lead again followed closely by Bruce, again their planes seeming faster that KC's or mine or were they just flying a tighter course? Bruce cut two pylons during the heat and somehow Duane managed to get ahead of KC so the finish was Terry 1st, Duane 2nd, KC 3rd, and then Bruce 4th.
Section 2, All five racers lined up and the start was tight again with four planes turning for the pre-race south pylon together in a bunch, Brian went a little wide of the pack. Rob accelerated out of the turn and began to pull away from the pack slightly. Rick and Jeff closed the gap at turn two and look out here comes Rick down low and inside at the next pylon to take the lead from Rob. Rick stayed low and inside consistently to finish first. Rob came in second, followed by Jeff 3rd, Greg 4th, and Brian 5th.
Heat 3: Section 1, All racers got off the ground and flew without incident. This time it was a clean heat with no cuts. It was also a repeat of heat one. Terry 1st, then Bruce 2nd, followed by KC 3rd and Duane 4th a half a lap back.
Section 2, The five racers got off the ground to a tight start at the pre-race pylon once again, these three starts have really been close bunched today. Brian was holding Jeff off for 4th place until about the end of the fifth lap when he went a little high in a turn and Jeff slipped in low and tight to take 4th. At the finish line it was Rick 1st, Rob 2nd, Greg 3rd, and Jeff held off an attempt by Brian to finish 4th with Brian 5th.
It looked like Reno Class was going to get rained out because as soon as we called "Battery up" the rain squall hit. This was not the misty stuff the T-28s flew in but, an actual squall. With the Reno racers being foam board and subject to water deterioration they had to wait out the weather. So we had lunch and finally about 10 minutes to 12:00 we got to fly one heat of Reno class. See the race results and final standings at right.
Heat One: Only three planes up as Bruce elected not to fly because of the weather. About the 8th lap of the race the rain moved in again and we finnished the race a little wet. It was Terry by about three plane lengths over Rick followed by Greg last. Greg had a pylon cut or was it two?
Heat Two: There was NO Heat two. The day was called because of the rain at this time.