Event Report – Munro June 2019

Back on June 29 – 30, the VMPRA held a pylon race meet at Barry Murphy’s pylon racing field at Munto in Victoria. Due to the F3D world championships not being long after this date, we raced F3T & Q500 only for this event.

The intention was to fly 12 rounds of each class over the weekend. The weather had a different idea. Conditions were very windy and flying stopped for a while on several occasions.
By the end of the event, 8 rounds of Q500 and 3 rounds of F3T were completed.

Below are the results and championship standings for this event

If anybody has any photos they would like to contribute to the gallery and/or would like to add an event report, please email them to my usual address email or the below.

Results

Class – F3T 

Places:
1st John Schmidli
2nd Jim Orenshaw
3rd Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 67.10 Andrew Davies
No. of competitors: 8

Class – Q500

Places:
1st John Schmidli
2nd Allan Swift
3rd Jim Orenshaw

Fastest Time: 96.78 Allan Swift - Note: Q500 Class racing was a non-compliant race. Not all pylons were observed. The fastest time will not be recorded.
No. of competitors: 9

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Season Championship

This was the final race event for the 2018/2019 Seasons Championship, so below are the final top 3 positions for each class. The 1st place getters will receive their Seasons Champion trophies at the Cohuna AGM.

FA1

Congratulations goes to Daniel Arapakis for winning his 3rd Season Championship for FA1.

1st – Daniel Arapakis
2nd – Leigh Hocken
3rd – Andrew Davies

 

 

 

 

 

F400/F3T

There was no change in the top 3 positions post the Munro race. A big congratulations goes out to Andrew Davies. This is also his 3rd Championship win in the last 4 seasons.

1st – Andrew Davies
2nd – Jim Orenshaw
3rd – Gary Davidson

 

 

 

 

 

Q500

Again there was no change in the top 3 positions post the Munro race. A big congratulations goes out to Jim Orenshaw. This is his 4th season championship in 4 years.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – Allan Swift
3rd – John Schmidli

 

 

 

 

 

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Fastest Times for the season.

Through-out the season we keep a record of the fastest race times for the season. This is an informal competition but everybody loves to win the fastest time for an event. I’ve only just become aware that it is now becoming commonly known as the “Red Box”, named after how the fastest time is indicated on the results table. Here are the fastest times for the year.

Next Race

Cohuna – FA1, F3T & Q500  plus our AGM. Sept 14-15, 2019

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Report  – John Schmidli

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Event Report – Munro Feb, 2019

Below are the results and championship standings for the Munro/VMPRA Trophy event which had been re-scheduled from what was to have been the Camperdown race from earlier in the year.

If anybody has any photos they would like to contribute to the gallery and/or would like to add an event report, please email them to my usual address email or the below.

Further to this, for future events, I’m needing contributions in the form of an event report and photos, as I need to pull back for doing this.

Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Leigh Hocken
3rd Barry Murphy

Fastest Time: 56.93 Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 5

Class – F3T 

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Andrew Davies
3rd Barry Murphy

Fastest Time: Non-compliant race. Not all pylons were observed therefore fastest time will not be recorded.
No. of competitors: 10

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Mick Kellet
2nd Jim Orenshaw
3rd Allan Swift

Fastest Time: 95.58 John Schmidli
No. of competitors: 9

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Season Championship

FA1

No change for the lead position but both Leigh Hocken and Beau Murphy moved up into 2nd and 3rd positions respectively displacing Andrew Davies down into 4th position.

1st – Daniel Arapakis
2nd – Leigh Hocken
3rd – Beau Murphy

F400/F3T

No change for 1st and 2nd positions, but Barry Murphy has popped up fro 5th to 3rd position. displacing Garry Davidson.

1st – Andrew Davies
2nd – Jim Orenshaw
3rd – Barry Murphy

Q500

No change for the top 3 positions.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – Allan Swift
3rd – John Schmidli

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Next Race

Warrnambool February 30-31, 2019

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Report  – John Schmidli

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Event Report – Munro November 2018

Here are the results from the event run on November 10-11, 2018 at Barry Murphy’s Munro pylon racing field.

The last Formula 400 race for the VMPRA

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Daniel Arapakis
3rd Glenn Matthews

Fastest Time: 57.93
No. of competitors: 6

Class – F400 (For the last time ever)

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Glenn Matthews

Fastest Time: 61.82
No. of competitors: 9

Class – Q500

Places:
1st David Chippindall
2nd Jim Orenshaw
3rd Allan Swift

Fastest Time: 91.91 – Not recorded (no one on pylon #3).
No. of competitors: 8

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Season Championship

FA1

Andrew Davies remains at the top position but Beau Murphy moved from 5th to 2nd position and Daniel Arapakis moved from 4th to 3rd.

1st – Andrew Davies
2nd – Beau Murphy
3rd – Daniel Arapakis

F400/F3T

This season championship will be a combination of F400 & F3T. As of the November Munro event, all future races will be to the F3T rules.

1st – Beau Murphy
2nd – Barry Murphy
3rd – Glenn Matthews

Q500

The top 2 positions swapped with Jim Orenshaw now leading.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Allan Swift

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Next Race

Warnambool December 8-9, 2018

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Event Report – AMPRA – Munro June 2018

Back on the weekend of June 9-11, the AMPRA Championships where held in Victoria at Barry Murphy’s pylon racing field at Munro about 3 hours east of Melbourne.
This event was also the first of the Australian F3D team select for the 2019 World Championships to be held in Queensland.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st – Beau Murphy
2nd – Christopher Callow
3rd – Tyler Mees

Fastest Time: 54.74 – Beau Murphy (10 Lap Course).
No. of competitors: 18

Results

Class – F400

Places:
1st – Andrew Davies
2nd – Jarrod Jacobsen
3rd – Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 67.33 – Andrew Davies (10 Lap Course).
No. of competitors: 13

Class – Q500

Places:
1st – David Chippindall
2nd – Jim Orenshaw
3rd – Stephen Wilkin

Fastest Time: 92.22 – Jim Orenshaw (10 Lap Course).

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Season Championship

As of the end of AMPRA, the 2017-2018 Season Championship has been completed and below are the final results. Congratulations to the winners.

FA1

Just in the last event for the Season Championship, Leigh Hocken popped up into the winning position, Pushing Brian Steele down into 2nd place and Glenn Matthews remained in 3rd position

1st – Leigh Hocken
2nd – Brian Steele
3rd – Glenn Matthews

F400

The top 2 positions stayed the same for this last event but Jim Orenshaw has moved up into 3rd position, displacing Glenn Matthews,

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Andrew Davies
3rd – Jim Orenshaw

Q500

The standings for Q500 didn’t change as a result of this event.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Gary Whitbourn

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Event Report – Munro March 2018

We had another wonderful pylon racing event down at Barry Murphy’s purpose built pylon racing field. There was a good turn out for the weekend with many camping out at the field. Andrew Arapakis did another of his beautiful spit roast dinners that has become synonymous with racing at Munro.
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On a somber note, we held a minute’s silence out of respect for the very recent passing of Marvin Dunsmuir who owns the farm that the filed is built on. It was also good to see Barry’s new F3D model performing so well with Beau at the controls.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Leigh Hocken
3rd Barry Murphy

Fastest Time: 58.86 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 8

Results

Class – F400

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd John Schmidli
3rd Marcus Guss

Fastest Time: 73.27 – Brian Steele
No. of competitors: 7

Class – Q500

Places:
1st John Schmidli
2nd Thomas Allen
3rd Jim Orenshaw

Fastest Time: 98.46 – John Schmidli
No. of competitors: 11

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Season Championship

FA1

The tassel between Glenn Matthews and Daniel Arapakis continues with Glenn moving back up into 2nd place with Daniel back down to 3rd.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Daniel Arapakis

F400

Andrew Davies has moved up into 2nd place leaving Glenn Matthews in 3rd.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Andrew Davies
3rd – Glenn Matthews

Q500

Again, no change for the Q500 championship standings.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Gary Whitbourn

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Next Race

The next event is at Warrnambool on April 7-8.

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Event Report – VIC State Champs – Nov 2018

Back on November 18 – 19 after a weeks postponement, the VMPRA ran the Victorian State Championships down at Barry Murphy’s beautifully prepared, purpose built pylon racing facility.

Unfortunately I was not able to attend and an event report hasn’t been provided so I’ll get stuck into the results.

Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Leigh Hocken
2nd Daniel Arapakis
3rd Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 56.22 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 5

Class – F400

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd Glenn Matthews
3rd Jim Orenshaw

Fastest Time: 63.39  – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 5

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd David Chippendale
3rd Tom Allen

Fastest Time: 96.82 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 7

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Season Championship

FA1

No change at the top 2 positions but Daniel Arapakis has moved up from 5th to 3rd positions.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Daniel Arapakis

F400

Brian Steele and Glenn Matthews have moved up a position each into 1st & 2nd positions respectively and Andrew Davies has dropped from 1st to 3rd position.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Andrew Davies

Q500

No change at the top 2 positions but Alan Whitbourn has move up from 4th to 3rd positions.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Alan Whitbourn

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Next Race

That was the last full 3 class event for the year. We have a Q500 & Sports event scheduled for Crib Point on December 10.

The first event for 2018 is at Camperdown on February 3-4. This event is the VMPRA Trophy. Pencil that one into the diary.

Also worth considering is the Nats that are being held in West Wylong (NSW) on April 28-29, 2018. Entries close on January 31, 2018 so you can register to compete by visiting the below link.

http://www.maaaevents.com.au/about/register

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Report  – John Schmidli

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Munro May 2017 – Report

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Daniel Arapakis
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 61.24 – Barry Murphy
No. of competitors: 6

Class – F400

Places:
1st Andrew Davies
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 64.19 – Andrew Davies
No. of competitors: 8

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd Ian Rickard
3rd Tom Prosser

Fastest Time: 97.68 – Andrew Davies
No. of competitors: 9

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Season Championship

FA1

There was not change for the top 3 positions but there is only 1 point between Leigh and Daniel.

1st – Leigh Hocken
2nd – Daniel Arapakis
3rd – Brian Steele

F400

Like FA1, there has been no change for the top 3 places but the gap at the top 2 positions has extended by a point to 3 points.

1st – Andrew Davies
2nd – Barry Murphy
3rd – Jim Orenshaw

Q500

No change for the top 2 positions by Ian Rickard has now moved up into 3rd place.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Ian Rickard

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Next Race

The next event is AMPRA on June 10 & 11 to be held at  Monarto Model Flying Field in South Australia. More information >>>

The next VMPRA event is scheduled for July 8 & 9. Details of what and where this event is to be staged are still to be confirmed.

The F3D World Championships are on in Sweden from July 25 to 29.

Note: The Bendigo event that was to be held on July 29 – 30 has been cancelled due to low numbers partly because of the World Champs. An alternate time and venue for the AGM is TBA.

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Munro March 2017 – Event Report

Back in March, the VMPRA had a race event back at Barry Murphy’s beautifully prepared pylon racing field down at Munro. It was a great event and the weather was kind to us.

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It was great seeing father and son Q500 team, Matt and Xavier Noonan making their first race appearance at Munro as well as seeing Frank Cassella & Tom Prosser putting in really strong performances over the weekend.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd Frank Cassella
3rd Andrew Davies

Fastest Time: 59.97 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 7

Class – F400

Places:
1st Frank Cassella
2nd Andrew Davies
3rd Barry Murphy

Fastest Time: 69.30 – Frank Cassella
No. of competitors: 7

Class – Q500

Places:
1st John Schmidli
2nd Jim Orenshaw
3rd Tom Prosser

Fastest Time: 95.22 – John Schmidli
No. of competitors: 8

Season Championship

FA1

For FA1, no change for the top 2 positions but Brian Steele has moved from 6th to 3rd position.

1st – Leigh Hocken
2nd – Daniel Arapakis
3rd – Brian Steele

F400

Like FA1, there has been no move for the top 2 positions but Jim Orenshaw has moved up into 3rd position from 5th.

1st – Andrew Davies
2nd – Barry Murphy
3rd – Jim Orenshaw

Q500

Jim Orenshaw remained at the top position 20 points ahead of John Schmidli in 2nd who move up from 3rd with Gary Whitbourn moving down 1 place to 3rd position.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Gary Whitbourn

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Next Race

The next race on the calendar is at Warrnambool  on April 22 – 23.

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Munro May 2016 – Event Report

Despite gale force winds throughout the week in Victoria, our QLD friends from A1 Composites arrived safely at Munro. Yet again the field was immaculately prepared and ready for racing.

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A dozen campers and pilots arrived on Friday for testing and preparations for the event which would be the last one for the F3D and F400 Annual Season Championship fly-off. With another field upgrade of a roaring pot belly heater, this proved to be a ripper particularly during the very popular evening festivities of the famous Saturday night dinner.

Saturday’s forecast was perfect with 24 degrees and light Westerly winds. Formular 400 kicked off with a field of 11 pilots with a variety of models flown. There was carnage between Brian Steele and Jimmy Orenshaw with a spectacular mid-air collision which obliterated both models. James Hurley focusing on one class this weekend which saw his personal best of 71.64 seconds being recorded in round 5 with a big smile returning to the pits pipping his team mate John Schmidli for 4th place. Great to see Andrew Davies back into the groove with sub 70 times on the Sunday finishing in a solid 3rd position for the weekend. Murphy owned Miss Dara’s designed by the world famous Dane Kane, took out 1st and 2nd places powered by a Nelson flown by Beau and Barry respectively. Fastest time was recorded by Beau with a 64.88 seconds. Well done to all pilots for the weekend.

Recent additions to the pylon fraternity, Father and son team, Gavin and Cameron Sexton

The entry pylon class – Quickie 500, took to the sky’s with 12 pilots from ages 12  to 80 years old. Veteran Tom Prosser again flew his immaculately scratch built model and was very impressive all weekend and an absolute pleasure to chat with regarding a life time of great stories and competitions. Saturday saw 3 rounds completed and young Cameron Sexton debut in this class with an Angelov model. His best time for this weekend was 124.96 seconds. Well done Cam!

As the event rolled on, the 1st & 2nd podium positions battle went on between Tom Allen and plane builder, Steve Taylor who was visiting Munro for the very first time and flying his flagship Q500 model, the Banshee with a uniquely yellow colour scheme. Some would say the stripes resembled a pineapple. Well done guys. Steve nudging 1st place, Tom Allen in 2nd and the very reliable John Schmidli in 3rd place. Weather did turn fierce with 30+ knot winds for the last 3 rounds and well done to all quickie pilots!

F3D event was piloted by 7 entrants. Saturday saw Beau Murphy in the 50′s and Dannmann closely behind him. Baz Murphy was tackled by dead-air while tail-gating Glenn Matthews which caused the destruction of his Minute Master after plowing into  terra firma in round 1. Unfortunately only 3 rounds were completed on Saturday and flying on Sunday afternoon was cancelled due to strong winds. The best time was recorded by Beau with a 59.36 seconds. With AMPRA just around the corner, the Victorian pilots are in great shape for the first round of the 2017 world championship team trials.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Daniel Arapakis
3rd Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 59.36 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 7

Class – F400

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Andrew Davies

Fastest Time: 64.88 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 11

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Steve Taylor
2nd Tom Allen
3rd John Schmidli

Fastest Time: 95.62 – Tom Allen
No. of competitors: 12

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Season Championship

This was the last event for the 2015-2016 Season Championship for FA1 & F400.
Q500 has one more event to run which is on July 3 at Werribee. Trophies for 1st place for each class will be presented at the AGM at the Bendigo event.

The following is how the season championship wrapped up for FA1 & F400 and how Q500 currently stands.

FA1

1st – Daniel Arapakis – Winner
2nd – Barry Murphy
3rd – Glenn Matthews

Congratulations to Daniel for an extremely strong year of racing.


F400

1st – Brian Steele - 
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Shaun Jacobsen

Congratulations to Brian for what was also a very strong year of racing.

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Andrew Arapakis

For Q500, again there was no change for the top 3 positions but John Schmidli is back in with a mathamatical chance to knock Jim off the top at the last event in Werribee.

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Season Fastest Time

There was no new fastest times recorded at this event. A huge congratulation goes out to Leigh Hocken for taking out the fastest times for the year in both FA1 & F400.

 

FA1 – Leigh Hocken – 57.38

F400 – Leigh Hocken – 61.75

Q500 – Daniel Arapakis – 89.59

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Next Race

AMPRA is being held on the Queen’s Birthday weekend (June 11-13, 2016) up at Coolum “Sunshine Model Flyers” in QLD. This is the 1st of the 2017 WC Team Trials. Good luck to all the VMPRA members attending this event.

For the VMPRA, the next event is a Sports/Q500 1 day event being held at Werribee on July 3. A great opportunity to have some fun racing. Bring a Q500 or Sports model along.

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Munro, Nov 2015 – Event Report

Gippsland as a region is famous for its agricultural development and has become Melbourne’s largest supplying region of dairy and vegetables.

Munro pylon field has also grown to what most racers would consider one of the best fields of its kind in the country.

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As always, the grounds were meticulously prepared by a local fishing tackle sales rep, Ian Rickard who devotes nearly every weekend at the strip working on a list of odd jobs and manicuring the bowling green run way!

Race preparation began on Friday where several pilots took to the course for fine tuning in preparation of the last pylon event for the calendar year.

The day saw Master Murphy’s and Dannmann with their Minute Master’s out circulating in the 20 knotter and Beau rippen into his new Miss Dara F400 running in a fresh motor. The Miss Dara model was designed by Dan Kane who also designed the Polecat and Loki both also being extraordinary models.

Ranjit and Tricky Ricky test flew Ricks Veyron and all went well. Rick due to extended family commitments with the safe arrival of baby boy #2 Albert couldn’t stay for the weekend show down. Unfortunately Phelans’ new V Tail models came to grief with more development required.

The day ended with good spirits and plenty of Crownies with many pilots arriving setting up camp with a feast prepared by the Axons.

The fist race day plan was for 4 rounds of F400, Q500 then followed by F3D.
Willy Weather forecast for the weekend was for fine weather and Saturday morning was perfect for racing start at 9:45am of the F400 class. 10 entrants at his event with the podium hotly contested every month. Brain Steele and Andrew Davies the dynamic duo flew well all weekend proving out consistency was the recipe. Beau recorded the fastest time of the day and weekend with a 64.96sec. Jim and John managed to keep clear of each other as sometimes it seems an unfortunate magnetism exists between some models and pilots, Hmmmm.

John Schmidli got all his times and Dannmann cutting him self out of the race after setting himself a target and pushing really hard for a record time! Great too see Frank back with the shiniest models ever unfortunately hitting terra firma after take off in his first heat. Pity as his plane was a ripper in practice but an upside for Father Christmas would be a new model order! An unexpected mid air between Barry Murphy and Andrew Davies saw both models return to ground with a broken prop on the Baz model and repair required on Batman’s model.

After 4 rounds of F400, the Quickie pilots were fueled up and ready to race. With 12 entrants and a variety of skills saw fantastic racing with a veteran Tom Prosser returning to Munro for his second Q500 event. Tom must have had fun at the last event at Munro with his custom built plane which is a master piece and scratch built. Unfortunately the Prosser and Axon models had a mid air but both pilots returning into the comp for the next round. Also a special mention to Tom Allen returning to the pylon scene after a stint of car racing with only his second event back, well in the mix with his best time of 100.50 sec only 0.57 sec of the fastest time of the event by Jim Orenshaw….no doubt Tom is on it and will be going real fast in the near future.

F3D up next albeit weather proving a little slow, Beau opened up with a respectable 59.8 sec which proved to be the quickest time of the event. Dannmann recorded 61.2 in first heat which was also his best time for the weekend. Mix results with all other pilots with Frank flying great but plug problems in resulting in a few 200’s.

Day 1 ended with a very familiar garlic scent of charcoal grilling lamb, chicken and pork gyros followed by Narida’s tiramisu and Toni’s Christmas pudding. Camaraderie with all pilots attending the dinner was defiantly one for the record books and now the Saturday night event is almost part of the event calendar for most race weekends. All entrants this weekend stayed for the feast and many thanks to all helpers and to all cooks!

Late afternoon and evening affairs started with old timers, speed gliders and foamies. George Angelov certainly has his rocket master gold wings complemented the sky with rockets all landing safely with parachutes. Much fun by all.

After a dusty start to Sunday, the weather God’s rolled up for the second day with perfect conditions and the F400’s were on their way. The competitiveness of this class was very exciting to watch and well done to all competitors and place getters. John Schmidli again getting all his times with no cuts for the weekend will surely keep the ranks on their toes in months to come.

With Q500 scores very close after day 1, a number of pilots were well positioned to commence the days racing. Jim Orenshaw, Tom Allen and John Schmidli taking out the top three places this time round with many pilots in all placing all recording excellent times and PB’s. Racing this class was great to watch as the very affordable models flown by entry level pilots had a great time and were also very competitive!

Grand finale premier F3D class was again a mixed bag something similar to a fishing trip in Western Port Bay! Again the weather a little slow with Beau recording the fastest time of the day of 61.76 sec, Baz flying very consistent this weekend and Andrew Davis holding it together to complete 8 rounds. Brian Steele alias Robin landed his F3D in a tree which took a mastermind of construction materials, Tarzan and luck to get his model back. Onya Brian!

Dannmann got all his times in for the weekend bar 2 cuts for the event ended up with the best average score to take out 1st place, 2nd Barry Murphy and 3rd Andrew Davies. Great to see Gary back in the air for 4th place and Beau in 5th due his last run a little rich resulting in a 200.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Daniel Arapakis
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Andrew Davies

Fastest Time: 59.88 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 8
Course – 10.5 Laps

Class – F400

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd Beau Murphy
3rd Ranjit Phelan

Fastest Time: 64.96 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 10
Course – 10.5 Laps

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd Tom Allen
3rd John Schmidli

Fastest Time: 99.92 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 12
Course – 10.5 Laps

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Season Championship

The following is how the season championship stands currently.

FA1

1st – Daniel Arapakis
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Brian Steele

No change for the top 2, but Brian Steele has moved up to 3rd position

F400

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Jim Orenshaw

Like FA1, No change for the top 2, but Jim Orenshaw has moved up to 3rd position

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Andrew Arapakis

For Q500, there was no change for the top 3 positions.

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Season Fastest Time

There was only a new fastest times for F400 with Beau Murphy raising the stakes on his first time racing F400.

FA1 – Leigh Hocken – 57.38

F400 – Beau Murphy – 64.96

Q500 – Jim Orenshaw – 94.79

Next Event

The next event will be Camperdown on February 6-7, 2016. Make sure you have this and all the currently listed events marked in your calendar.

Another date to remember is the Sandown F1 Air Race to be on January 31, 2016 which includes a general remote control hobbies expo. The VMPRA will have a stand there and we will also have some members involved in flying displays throughout the day. There will be a number of us manning the stand and promoting the pylon racing special interest group.
http://www.sandownairrace.com.au/

On a final note for the year, I wish everybody all the best for the Christmas and New Year break and that we all return to racing again next year refreshed, ready for some great competition and good times.

Event Report and Photos– Anonymous
Additional information: John Schmidli
Photos – John Schmidli & Andrew Arapakis

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