June Play-by-Play

      by Duane Barrett, Contest Coordinator

Overview
Competition Saturday in June found an overcast and ominous looking spring day with rain actually in the forecast. Only six of the nine originally signed up showed for racing. If you missed out on the June racing be sure to show up in July and re-join us again. Overall the racing went well, with only a single crash and one mid-air. There were couple of botched takeoffs in the last heat. There were a few pylon cuts in the T-28 racing, but not a large number. I did most of them myself. Reno had three pilots show up to race. Neil was up again from Portland, but he only flew in T-28 today. For the most part a pretty decently warm day with only a light wind out of the south. We were still able to take off northbound, despite the wind. A big thanks to those who helped on the pylons (Charlie, Mike, Greg) and to Charlie 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 overcast and rain was forecast, but the rain held off. There a was little wind out of the south but not enough to prevent a northbound takeoff. The pilots like that because we take off racing! It wasn't too cool, and it warmed up about 11:00.

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 2s today. Six planes, one heat!

Heat 1: Section 1, All racers got off the ground charging, and of course out of pylon one Terry was leading with Rick in hot pursuit. Duane was just coming around the pylon and Terry was already half way down the back stretch. KC was off and flying. Not sure where Rob and Neil were, they were somewhere behind. After I made a cut or two Neil took over third place and never let me get it back. 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 Neil managed to slide into third. Duane finished fourth, KC fifth and Rob came in last. I think Neil was harassing Rob today.
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 Neil for third place this time. Rob and KC had a mid-air at some point with Rob chewing up KC's right aileron completly. Neil came in fourth and Rob managed to stay airborn and come in fifth. With no right aileron KC did not finish.
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 KC's repaired aileron didn't function as desired and he immediately went down before reaching the pylon. Rob had damaged his nose gear on the previous heat and his repair did not work. With no steering he did a hard left and veered off into the grass without getting airborne. Of course Terry was first, Rick was second, Duane managed third even with a pylon cut on the next to last lap. Neil managed to get a fourth with Rob and KC not airborne.
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. Neil now has fourth passing Rob who is in fifth with Jeff in sixth and KC in last place after the second race of 2019. Chuck was a no-show today after telling us he would be there racing (something about home duties.) That wraps up this year's second T-28 racing folks.

Reno Class
Reno class had only three planes competing today, Neil was up from Portland, but did not Reno. The pilots elected to fly 10 lap heats, three heats today.

Heat One: Three planes, Rick and Terry were fast and very close in flying, however Greg was all over the sky today. Greg did have a couple of cuts during the heat and then crashed with half a lap to go. Terry is once again setting the pace. Terry pulled off a first place again. Rick was second, Greg was DNF.

Heat Two: Heat two was about the same pace. However Rick first, Terry second, and Greg pulled out the race to save his plane for combat. Turns out Greg was flying his combat plane and it just wasn't trimmed for racing.

Heat Three: Just Terry and Rick so we tried something different. The race began right out of the hand launch. Apparently this worked good for Rick. Rick was off and racing with Terry trying to catch him. After a couple of pylon cuts Terry pulled back and just finished the race, giving the win to Rick.

Reno Wrap Up: Things happened so fast with these planes it was hard to catch all of the action, I think I got most of it though. That's it for the second Reno races of the season. Stay tuned for more fun.

T-28 T-28 June Scores




Place Heat
1a 
Heat
1b 
Place Heat
2a 
Heat
2b 
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Terry
Rick
Neil
Duane
KC
Rob
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
DNF
Terry
Rick
Duane
Neil
Rob
KC
Place Heat
3a
Heat
3b
Pilot(s) H1 H2 H3
points
Total
points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
DNS
DNF
Terry
Rick
Duane
Neil
Rob
KC
Terry
Rick
Duane
Neil
Rob
KC
25  25  25
18  18  18
12  15  15
15  12  12
 8  10   0
10   0   0
75
54
42
39
18
10

T-28 T-28 Standings


 As of June 8th
Place Pilot(s) Points Place Pilot(s) Points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
Terry
Rick
Duane
Neil
Rob
Jeff
KC
150
105
90
71
52
24
10
  8th
9th
10th



Reno Reno June Scores




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

Greg
Rick
Terry

Greg
Rick
Terry


Greg
Terry
Rick
Greg
25  18  18
18  25  25
 0   0   0
61   
68   
0   

Reno Reno Standings


 As of June 8th

Place Pilot(s) Points
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Rick
Terry
Greg
Neil
129
111
48
  0


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