April Play-by-Play

      by Duane Barrett

Overview
The 1st Saturday in April was opening day for our racing series, both T-28 Park Flyer and Reno Class. Overall the racing went well, with some minor carnage resulting in Park Flyer (T-28). Reno had some aircraft color issues, but a smooth first heat and then we broke for lunch as the burgers and dogs were ready! Following lunch we completed the Reno class racing. For the most part a pretty uneventful day with some awesome racing skills displayed!

Weather
The weather was quite dreary and ominous for the start, and the weather kept threating us with rain. But the rain held off. However the wind was very brisk at ~ 12 to 15 with gusts to around 20 mph at times and in a direction that forced a southbound take off. That means extra flying before the racing starts.

T-28 Class
Eleven pilots participated in the T-28 class of racing that day. We started with Sections of six and five participants. However we adjusted after the first heat due to attrition. There was a couple mishaps causing pilots to drop out. More on that below.

Heat 1: Section 1, all racers got off the ground without incident. Greg W. however didn't make it around the south pylon correctly for the start and was called for it. At the next pylon when he went to do his make up around the pylon he somehow managed to point the nose at the ground while too close and went in for a DNF. Terry took 1st, Sean 2nd & Rick 3rd.

Section 2. About the third lap Duane turned in too tight on the south pylon and went to the far side of the course looking at a head-on with on coming planes. In panic mode he then over-corrected and got caught by the tail wind and before he could recover from that he over flew the pilot's stations and DQ'd himself. Sometime right after the DQ, Chuck McGuire went sight seeing in the trees to the west and lost a wing in the trees. He was out for the day with no backup wing. Bruce S. took 1st, Tom 2nd & Jeff 3rd. Bruce, after winning the section, landed and then somehow went airborne again followed by a crash that puy him out for the rest of the day also.

Heat 2: Section 1. We moved Greg W. to the section 2 since he was DN F in the first round and we needed to even out the sections. Section 2 losing two flyers for the day. The remaining five racers in section 1 got off the ground and flew without incident. Terry in first again, Sean 2nd, & Rick 3rd.

Section 2. Greg W. took over Chuck's spot so we had four racers flying. All four racers got off the ground and the heat was uneventful. Duane had a throttle up problem at the start and everyone made the first pylon before he got there but somehow he came from behind to win, with Jeff a close second and Tom in third. I think it was Rob's coaching that helped Duane win.

Heat 3: Section 1. All remaining five racers got off the ground, but Sean had lost an aileron and was trying to fly with only one aileron. He was not able to control his plane well enough to continue and pulled himself out. Terry came in first again of course, followed by Rick in second and then KC in third. Does anyone else notice a trend here with Terry? Three heats, three wins!

Section 2. All four remaining racers got off the ground and flew a good heat with Duane once again taking first using Rob's excellent coaching skills, followed by Greg W. in second and Tom in third.

T-28 Wrap Up: Overall Terry has taken a large lead already, followed by Duane in second place. Rick and Tom are tied for third leaving Jeff in 5th place. Then we find Sean and Rob tied for 6th place followed by KC in 8th, with Greg W. in 9th, Bruce in 10th and last but the bravest of all is Chuck in 11th place. These standings will dictate the start order for next month gentlemen. With eleven racers you gentlemen might consider us having 3 sections with fewer planes - the scores will be higher overall, as no one would finish less than 4th except for a DQ or DNF. Just a thought. Rules don't say we can't, just that we can't have more than 6 planes in a section.

Reno Class
Reno class got off to a confusingly fast start this month with planes looking too much alike. Reno pilots you need to get together with each other and make some color changes so everyone is different or you will all be towing colored streamers next month per the rules. Pylon judges had too much trouble telling you apart.

Heat One: Four planes, too many confusing common colors guys. Terry first, Rick second, Greg third and Chuck fourth.

Heat Two: Heat two was a little slower as every one was full from lunch now. Terry first, Greg second, Rick third and Chuck fourth. There's that trend with Terry again!

T-28 T-28 April Scores




Place Heat
1a 
Heat
1b 
Place Heat
2a 
Heat
2b 
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
DNF
DQ
Terry
Sean
Rick
Rob
KC
Greg W.
Bruce
Tom
Jeff


Chuck
Duane
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
DNS
DNS
Terry
Sean
Rick
Rob
KC
Duane
Jeff
Tom
Greg W.

Bruce
Chuck
Place Heat
3a
Heat
3b
Pilot(s) H1 H2  H3
points
Total
points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
DNF
DNS
DNS
Terry
Rick
KC
Rob
Sean
Duane
Greg W.
Tom
Jeff

Bruce
Chuck
Terry
Duane
Rick
Tom
Jeff
Rob
Sean
KC
Greg W.
Bruce
Chuck
25  25  25
  0  25  25
15  15  18
18  15  15
15  18  12
12  12  12
18  18    0
10  10  15
  0  12  18
25    0   0
  0    0   0
75
50
48
48
45
36
36
35
30
25
 0

T-28 T-28 Standings


 As of April 1st
PlacePilot(s)Points   PlacePilot(s)Points
1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
5th
6th
Terry
Duane
Rick
Tom
Jeff
Sean
75
50
48
48
45
36
  6th
8th
9th
10th
11th
Rob
KC
Greg W.
Bruce
Chuck
36
35
30
25
 0



Reno Reno April Scores




Place Heat 1 Heat 2 Pilot(s) H1 H2
points
Total
points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Terry
Rick
Greg T.
Chuck
Terry
Greg T.
Rick
Chuck
Terry
Greg T.
Rick
Chuck
25  25
15  18
18  15
12  12
50
33
33
24

Reno Reno Standings


 As of April 1st

PlacePilot(s)Points
1st
2nd
2nd
4th
Terry
Greg T.
Rick
Chuck
50
33
33
24