Event Report – Bendigo 2018

Back on August 4th-5th, the VMPRA headed to Bendigo to go racing. We ended up with better numbers than we first thought would be in attendance and the weather was quite good. Thanks to the Bendigo Club for hosting this event and for providing a field that was in such great condition.

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Results

It was unfortunate that pylon #2 was not manned all weekend so no fastest time will be recorded for this event.

Class – FA1

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

No. of competitors: 9

Results

Class – F400

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

No. of competitors: 6

Class – Q500

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

No. of competitors: 7

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Season Championship

This is the start of the new 2018-2019 Championship Season after last season’s trophies were presented at the AGM at Bendigo.

The 2017-2018 Champions Jim Orenshaw (Q500), Leigh Hocken (FA1) & Brian Steele (F400).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next Race

The next event is the VIC State Championships being held at Cohuna on September 8th – 9th. This will also be a selection event for the 2019 F3D world championships Australian team.

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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 – West Wyalong – MAAA Nationals

So VMPRA was off to the MAAA Nationals held in the New South Wales town of West Wyalong. We were to be providing the equipment and be running the event. Mick Dallmann from Queensland offered to be Contest Director for the weekend and did a fine job of it. It was great to see a good group on competitors down from Queensland and some from South Australia also.

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We were allocated an area on the secondary runway at the local airport which had a gravel runway. There was some test flying on Friday but due to the difficult take-off and landing conditions much time was spent on laying out sheets and matting to keep the dust down on the take-off position and on the runway for the planes that land wheels up.

At the nationals, the classes of Q500, F400, F3T, F3D & F5D were raced. This meant that racing of F400 & F3T ran late into the afternoon with the sun very low in the sky.

One of the highlights of the Nationals is being surrounded by lots of people that are interested in the various facets of aeromodeling and getting a chance to watch some of these other events. Hopefully the Nats can become a more regular part of the Australian aeromodeling scene and especially for pylon racers from all over Australia to come together.

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Results

Class – FA1

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

Fastest Time: 61.57 – Daniel Arapakis
No. of competitors: 7

Class – F400

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

Fastest Time: 68.71 – Gary Davidson
No. of competitors: 10

Class – F3T

Places:
1st Steve Taylor
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Danny Giles

Fastest Time: 68.79 – Andrew Davies
No. of competitors: 7

Class – Q500

Places:
1st David Wilkins
2nd Steve Taylor
3rd Marc Hamilton

Fastest Time: 96.39 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 11

Class – F5D

Places:
1st Trevor Pearce
2nd Daniel Arapakis
3rd David Wilkins

Fastest Time: 60.10 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 4


Event Report and Photos  – John Schmidli

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Event Report – Warrnambool 2018

It was a rather smaller than usual group of us that turned up at Warrnambool for a weekend of pylon racing. The Saturday was a stunning sunny day with light winds. With the smaller number of participants and a great group of the local club members helping out, we got through 5 rounds of each class by the end of the day.

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Unfortunately, Sunday was not to be as kind to us. With only 3 rounds of each class left, Q500 started the day’s racing and during the first race, the wind picked up resulting in some damage to planes on landing. This and the fact that the NATs were only a couple of weeks later, meant that the plug was pulled on racing for Sunday.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Leigh Hocken
2nd Tom Wetherill
3rd Glenn Matthews

Fastest Time: 56.66 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 5

Results

Class – F400

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

Fastest Time: 66.25 – Glenn matthews
No. of competitors: 6

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Tom Wetherill
2nd Jim Orenshaw
3rd Gary Davidson

Fastest Time: 94.21 – Tom Wetherill
No. of competitors: 6

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Season Championship

We now only have AMPRA left for this current season championship.

FA1

Brian Steele is in 1st place and Leigh Hocken continues his surge to the top being on equal points but in 2nd place due to events attended being less. Glenn Matthews has now dropped to 3rd place.

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

F400

No change at the top 3 positions for F400

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 AMPRA on June 9-11 at Munro

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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 – VMPRA Trophy – Camperdown

Unfortunately, there was no photos taken or a report written up for this event.

Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Leigh Hocken
2rd Ranjit Phelan

Fastest Time: 56.33 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 13

Results

Class – F400

Places:
1st Shaun Jacobsen
2nd Jarrod Jacobsen
3rd Andrew Davies

Fastest Time: 63.97 – Shaun Jacobsen
No. of competitors: 10

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd Tom Wetherill
3rd Andrew Arapakis

Fastest Time: 96.77 – Tom Wetherill
No. of competitors: 8

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Season Championship

FA1

Daniel Arapakis moved up from 3rd to 2nd position, displacing Glenn Matthews who is now in 3rd place.

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

F400

No change for the F400 championship standings.

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

Q500

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 down at Munro on March 3-4.

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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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Event Report – Newbridge 2017

After a long break in racing, the last event being back in May, the VMPRA held it’s first event at Rick Townsend’s purpose built pylon racing field in Newbridge. Rick has been setting up and developing this field over the last few years with the ambition of holding regular pylon racing events there.

We were blessed with some superb weather, particularly on the Sunday with temperatures of zero and below when we first arrived at the field, but with clear blue skies, it was t-shirt weather by lunch time.

Numbers were a little down on usual with the post world championship hang-over. Barry Murphy was suffering with the flu and had to return home on Saturday morning and Leigh Hocken also had to pull out due to illness. On the plus side it was great having father/son team Matt & Xavier Noonan there for the weekend flying Q500 and also Steve & Jo Taylor put in a big effort, coming down from Queensland. Steve was debuting his brand new F3D racer, the “Vector” which had only just been test flown the week before. They also left a bunch of models down here with some great bargains to be had. It was also great to have Rick flying with us again after a long break and he was certainly on it right from the start and ended up taking out 1st place in FA1.

Racing on both days comprised of F400, FA1 and Q500 as the last class for the day and all flew 8 rounds by the end of the weekend. We finished nice and early on the Sunday and finish, packed up and presented certificates and left around 3pm.

I think we would all say the flying at Rick’s field was very enjoyable. The field setup was great and the hospitality was 2nd to none with Rick and Ozzie’s Coffee van being on-site and along with Barry Townsend, were selling some very nice “really” coffees plus homemade food.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Rick Townsend
2nd Tom Wetherill
3rd Steve Taylor

Fastest Time: 57.97 – Daniel Arapakis
No. of competitors: 7

Class – F400

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

Fastest Time: 65.18 – Andrew Davies
No. of competitors: 6

Class – Q500

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

Fastest Time: 93.14 – John Schmidli
No. of competitors: 7

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Season Championship

This was the first event for the new 2017-2018 Season Championship.

FA1

1st – Rick Townsend
2nd – Tom Wetherill
3rd – Steve Taylor

F400

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

Q500

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

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Next Race

The next race on the calendar is at Cohuna on October 14-15 which will include the VMPRA AGM on the Saturday night.

There has been a bunch of dates added to the calendar for 2018, so make sure you make a note of these dates.

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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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Event Results – John Schmidli

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Warrnambool 2017 – Event Report

The VMPRA was back racing in Warrnambool, a regional city on the West Coast of Victoria. The Field was in really good condition and the club was sporting some new structures in the form of a new club house and shed. The new club house was yet to be fitted out, so the guys from SA & NSW were allowed to set-up camp in there.

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Travelling to Warrnambool on the Friday was a wet affair although conditions at the field where dry enough for setting up camp and to carry out some practice flights.

Saturday was off to an early start and once setup and was completed, we started with F400. Five rounds were completed and by lunch.

Next up was five rounds of FA1. The full Australian F3D 2017 World Championship team were present for this event so we got to see them in some of their final practice and preparations before heading off to Sweden in late July.

By the time  the FA1 racing had finished it was getting late. We started Q500 with a healthy field of 9 pilot and managed to complete 2 rounds before low light started to become a problem. After stopping for the day, the drizzle set in.
Unfortunately, that was pretty much the weather for the whole night and most of the next day resulting in no racing on the Sunday and pulling up stumps after lunch.

FA1 & F400 classes had a result but Q500 with only 2 rounds completed, was a non-event. It was a pity as we had a good turn-out with Pilots from SA, NSW & VIC.

While waiting for the weather to improve on the Sunday morning, a reporter and photographer from the Warrnambool Standard interviewed the World Champ Team plots and took some photos for the news paper.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Daniel Arapakis
2nd Ranjit Phelan
3rd Shaun Jacobsen

Fastest Time: 57.85 – Daniel Arapakis (New fastest time for the season)
No. of competitors: 10

Class – F400

Places:
1st Shaun Jacobsen
2nd Beau Murphy
3rd Jim Orenshaw

Fastest Time: 65.77 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 9 

Class – Q500

Non-Event – Only 2 rounds flown before being washed out.

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Season Championship

We now only have 2 more events left for this season’s championship.

FA1

There was not change for the top 3 positions but Daniel has now closed the gap to Leigh down to 5 points from a previous 12 points.

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 is 2 points. Only 5 points covers the top 3 positions.

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

Q500

No change for the top positions as all 3 receive 1 attendance point after this class was washed out.

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

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Next Race

The next race on the calendar is back at Munro on May 20th -21st.

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