August Play-by-Play

      by Duane Barrett, Contest Coordinator

Overview
The 1st Saturday in August found the lowest participation I've seen yet in racing. Only four out of the nine original T-28 racers were in attendance for racing. Not sure why the attendance was so bad, but nevertheless we still had a fun day of racing. If you didn't come out and race, you just missed out.

Overall the racing went well, with no crashes, and only one pylon cut in all of the T-28 racing. I did that one! Reno had only three pilots show up to race, with Neil up from Portland. We were able to complete all racing before we broke for lunch about 11:30. Combat started right on schedule today with I believe five people flying in that event. More on that from Rob later.

For the most part it was a pretty blustery warm day with wind out of the north. My heat play by plays are really pretty brief this month as Neil was CD and I was racing in all the heats and not much happened during the racing. A big thanks to those who helped on the pylons and to Neil for assisting as CD, also to our chief chef of the day, Charlie. Great Burgers today Charlie as usual!

Weather
The weather was absolutely beautiful (sic) and muggy. We did have some wind out of the north, but not much and the pilots like that because we take off racing!

T-28 Class
Four T-28 pilots began the race day in the T-28 class of racing that day. Northbound take offs with immediate racing action! We only flew one section of three heats today, with only four pilots in attendance. All four pilots completed racing with no crashes.

Heat 1: Section 1, All racers got off the ground without incident. Coming down to the finish it looked like Terry was going to lap everyone, but Duane slipped in second before he got lapped. Rob finished third and then Brian fourth.
Section 2, No Section 2

Heat 2: Section 1, The four pilots lined up and again Terry jumped out in front and stayed there. Duane cut a pylon on lap 6 of this heat, but still took second place. Rob came in third followed by Brian fourth.
Section 2, No Section 2

Heat 3: Section 1, The four flyers once again lined up for a Le Mans racing start. The take off was smooth with Duane just a few feet behind Terry at the pole. However as soon as they hit the back stretch Terry began to pull away. Rob had a couple of oops where am I flying? Of course Terry was first, Duane took second, Brian in third this time followed by Rob in last place.
Section 2, No Section 2

T-28 Wrap Up: Terry has kept his perfect score again this month and is probably out of reach now for the season. Duane has managed to hold on to second overall, but only because Rick was a no-show today. Rob has taken over third, Rick pushed back to fourth again. Brian is currently in fifth place, with KC in sixth, and Greg W. in seventh. Jeff is eigth and Bruce ninth in place, not sure if either of them are still planning on racing. Rick, KC, Jeff and Bruce were no-shows for today so no new points there. Greg W. has moved to the south and so he won't be racing again until the Oct. closer, he says. What happened to those others that were going to race? Only two more months of racing guys, so if you haven't been out, COME OUT in September! Just for fun if nothing else.

Reno Class
Reno class had only three planes competing today, thanks to Neil coming up from Portland. The pilots elected to fly 10 lap heats today. Things happen so fast with these planes it is hard to stay abreast of the action, but they had fun. There were no color issues and the judges were okay with the coloring of the three planes competing.

Heat One: Three planes, Greg and Terry were fast and very close in flying, in fact so close that they actually ticked each other, but continued flying. The contact was actually audible to those watching. Neil, he chose to fly a safer, loftier route. Terry is once again setting the pace. Terry pulled off a first place again. Greg was second and Neil finished third.

Heat Two: Heat two was about the same pace. Terry first, Greg second and Neil third.

Heat Three: Good start and Terry quickly pulled out in front again. Somewhere Greg dipped into the ground near the north pylon and although it bounced back up he couldn't stay airborn and droppped out. Terry finished first again with Neil picking up a second and Greg was DNF.

Reno Wrap Up: With things happening so fast with these planes it is hard to catch all of the action, but today with only three planes I managed to catch most of it. Looks like Terry is planing on setting the pace for Reno Class also now with threee more first places finishes this month. There were no real crashes as Greg's was more of a hard landing on the backstretch. It was the most exciting thing today. It would nice to have a couple more Reno racers.

T-28 T-28 August Scores




Place Heat
1a 
Heat
1b 
Place Heat
2a 
Heat
2b 
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Terry
Duane
Rob
Brian
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Terry
Duane
Rob
Brian
Place Heat
3a
Heat
3b
Pilot(s) H1 H2  H3
points
Total
points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Terry
Duane
Brian
Rob
Terry
Duane
Rob
Brian
Rick
KC
Greg W.
Jeff
Bruce
25  25  25
18  18  18
15  15  12
12  12  15
   0    0   0 
   0    0   0 
   0    0   0 
  0    0   0
   0    0   0 

75
54
42
39
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0

T-28 T-28 Standings


 As of August 4th
PlacePilot(s)Points   PlacePilot(s)Points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Terry
Duane
Rob
Rick
Brian
300
225
162
141
111
  6th
7th
8th
9th
KC
Greg W.
Jeff
Bruce
92
87
12
 0



Reno Reno August Scores




Place Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Pilot(s) H1 H2 H3
points
Total
points
1st
2nd
3rd
DNF
Terry
Greg
Neil
Terry
Greg
Neil
Terry
Neil

Greg
Terry
Neil
Greg
25  25 25
15  15 18
18  18  0 
75
48
36

Reno Reno Standings


 As of August 4th

PlacePilot(s)Points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Terry
Greg
Neil
Rick
KC
290
192
126
121
 20


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