May Play-by-Play

      by Duane Barrett, Contest Coordinator

Overview
The 1st Saturday in May found a beautiful spring day. It seems however that our interest may be down as only 7 of the nine originally signed up showed for racing. Then KC had to sit out due to plane issues during practice and was tagged for CD duty during the racing heats. Jim Wilikie, who was to be a new racer trying his skills failed to show at at all. If you missed out in the May racing you will have to wait until June 8th to join us again. Today was actually the first race of the season as April was rained out this year, again. Overall the racing went well, with only a single crash during takeoff of the last heat. There were a few pylon cuts in the T-28 racing, but not a large number. I did a couple of of them myself. Reno had four pilots show up to race, with Neil up again from Portland, he also flew in T-28 this year. For the most part a pretty decently warm day with only a light breeze out of the north. We were able to take off northbound, the pilot's favorite. A big thanks to those who helped on the pylons (Charlie, Ron,) and to KC covering as CD so I could race also. A big well done to our chief chef of the day, Charlie. Great Burgers today Charlie you out did yourself I think!

Weather
The weather was absolutely beautiful, very little wind and not too cool, and warmed up about 11:00. We did have some wind, but it was out of the north and gentle. The pilots like that because we take off racing!

T-28 Class
Six T-28 pilots began the race day in the T-28 class of racing that day. Northbound take offs with immediate racing action! We flew only three heats with no section twos today. Six planes, one heat!

Heat 1: Section 1, All racers got off the ground charging, out of pylon one Terry was leading with Rick in hot pursuit. Duane was just coming out the turn and Terry was half way down the back stretch already. Not sure where Rob was, but he was somewhere behind me toying with Neil. And Jeff was back there somewhere too. Hard to watch it all when you are competing too! Coming down to the finish it looked like it was going to be Terry, Rick and then Duane managed to slide into third. Rob finished fourth, Neil fifth and Jeff came in last. Remeber Jeff hasn't raced in two years.
Section 2, No Section 2 today.

Heat 2: Section 1, The six pilots lined up and again and at pylon one Terry, Rick and Duane were in a close bunch around the pylon and then the distance opened up. Terry jumped out in front and stayed there. Rick pulled a bit on Duane and then Duane cut a pylon, but he still managed to crowd out Rob for third place. Rob came in fourth, Neil fifth and Jeff came in sixth.
Section 2, No Section 2 today.

Heat 3: Section 1, The six flyers once again lined up for the racing start. The take off was exciting as Rick cut across in front of Duane just as both planes broke ground. Rick cut too close and Duane's prop took off the left half of Rick's horizontal stabilizer and elevator. Not sure how, but both planes continued on and both finished the heat. However even though Rick had the half of stab that had the elevator control horn he was having control issues. He went long at first on the pylons and then he started cutting pylons trying to stay in the race. Of course Terry was first, Duane managed second even with a pylon cut on the last lap. Rick was able to pull off a third even with his damaged plane. What a pilot Rick is! Neil managed to push past Rob for a fourth with Rob in fifth, followed by Jeff in sixth.
Section 2, No Section 2 today.

T-28 Wrap Up: Terry has kept his perfect T-28 score again so far into this year. Rick is currently in second overall closely followed by Duane. Rob has fourth and Neil has fifth with Jeff in last place after the first race of 2019. Chuck was a no-show today after telling us he would be there racing and the newbie Jim Wilkie also failed to show. That wraps up this year's first T-28 racing folks.

Reno Class
Reno class had four planes competing today, Neil was up from Portland. The pilots elected to fly 10 lap heats; three heats today.

Heat One: Four planes, Rick and Terry were fast and very close in flying, however Greg wasn't too far away. Greg did have a couple of cuts during the heat. Neil seemed to take the high road for a while. Terry is once again setting the pace. Neil landed early without finishing ten laps, that's a DNF. Terry pulled off a first place again. Rick was second, Greg third.

Heat Two: Heat two was about the same pace. Terry first, Rick second, Greg third. Neil did not compete.

Heat Three: Good start and Terry quickly pulled out in front again. Rick was not far behind at all. Terry landed early without finishing ten laps, not sure why, but that's a DNF. Rick finished first with Greg picking up a second. Neil once again sat out.

Reno Wrap Up: Things happen so fast with these planes it is hard to catch all of the action. I think I got most of it though. There were no crashes in Reno today only the two DNFs. That's it for the first Reno races of the season. Stay tuned for more fun.

T-28 T-28 May Scores

Place Heat
1a 
Heat
1b 
Place Heat
2a 
Heat
2b 
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Terry
Rick
Duane
Rob
Neil
Jeff
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Terry
Rick
Duane
Rob
Neil
Jeff
Place Heat
3a
Heat
3b
Pilot(s) H1 H2  H3
points
Total
points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Terry
Rick
Duane
Neil
Rob
Jeff
Terry
Rick
Duane
Rob
Neil
Jeff
25  25  25
18  18  15
15  15  18
12  12  10
10  10  12
08  08  08
75
51
48
34
32
24

T-28 T-28 Standings


 As of May 4th
PlacePilot(s)Points   PlacePilot(s)Points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Terry
Rick
Duane
Rob
Neil
Jeff
75
51
48
34
32
24
  7th
8th
9th



Reno Reno May Scores

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

Neil
Rick
Greg

Terry
Neil
Rick
Terry
Greg
Neil
18  18 25
25  25   0
15  15 18
 0    0   0
61
50
48
 0

Reno Reno Standings


 As of May 4th

Place Pilot(s) Points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Rick
Terry
Greg
Neil
61
50
48
  0